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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

J. Lo Brought Her Booty, Bieber Shows His Undies And J-Hud Shows Off Her Gams At Fashion Rocks (Photos)

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CELEB SPOTTING: Nick Cannon Raises a Glass And Ring-Less Finger At Chris Bosh’s Mr. Nice Tie Event

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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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Emmy Rossum Is Totally Against Sexting And Says She’s NOT Easy!

Emmy Rossum covers the October issue of Cosmopolitan, on stands September 9th. The Shameless star opens up to the magazine about dating, sexting, and whether she’ll ever tie the knot again.

Check out the highlights below!

Via Cosmopolitan:

On guys confusing her with her with her Shameless character “Fiona:”
“I feel like on the first date with a guy he’ll think I’m easy (like Fiona), and that’s so disconcerting. It’s not like I haven’t had sex on the first date, but usually that ended up in a two year relationship…I don’t gravitate to the jock; it’s the nerdy guy in the corner. I’m dating a writer now [Sam Esmail, the writer-director of her film Comet]. Writers are sexy.”

On texting with guys:
“I once found a guy I was dating dirty-texting another woman and I completely lost my shit. Texting is so dangerous! I won’t even give guys my number, because I know me. We’ll start texting and he’ll start emoticon-ing and I’ll start emoticon-ing, and soon we have a big mess. I’m a very flirty person in general.”

On whether she’d get married again [She was wed to a music executive from 2008 to 2010]:
“I hope I do. Honestly, I was so young, I don’t think I knew what marriage meant. My parents were never married, and I was teased in school and called a bastard. So the idea of marriage as safety forever was idealized in my head, and we rushed into it.”

Kim Kardashian Strips Down For Her GQ Woman Of The Year Photo Shoot (NSFW)

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Kim Kardashian just earned herself yet another accolade. Yep, that’s right. The sex tape superstar has been given the title of Woman of the Year by British GQ.

They call Kimmy “Coca-Cola famous”.

Does this mean the British will take her and keep her there? Please say yes, PLEASEE!!!!!

Well at the GQ Men of the Year awards ceremony in London Kim accepted her award with the following itty bitty speech: “It’s Kim Kardashian West. I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day.”

And because it is what she does best, Kim goes back to her roots and poses in a raunchy photo shoot that has her laying on her back buck naked strategically covering her no no areas.

Rosario Dawson Reveals When She First Did The Deed, What She Looks For In A Man

Rosario Dawson covers the Fall 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan for Latinas, on stands September 9th. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Rosario’s organization Voto Latino, which encourages young Latinos to vote and be involved in politics. The Sin City 2 star opens up to the magazine about what’s next for Voto Latino, plus what she looks for in relationships, dating, and romance.

Check out the highlights from Cosmo for Latinas below:

What are Voto Latino’s goals for the coming year?
“It’s not just about getting out there to vote, it’s also about who you vote for. We need more women of color in politics, because, otherwise, we’re not represented. Through our summit series, we’re engaging Latinos in community building and networking—it has been absolutely remarkable because we’re having students and dreamers from across the nation networking.”

What were your teenage years like?
“I was an awkward teenager. I went stag to my prom. I was a virgin until I was 20 years old! My mother was raising five kids on her own, I wasn’t just going to sit back and be a horny teenager and continue some cycle of teenage pregnancy—I wanted more opportunities.”

What do you look for in relationships?
“I’m a touch person, I love intimacy…I love men! I love romance. I would love to fall deeply in love with someone, but at the same time it’s not my everything.”

What’s the most romantic thing somebody can do?
“For me, it’s about forethought. For my 25th birthday, my then-boyfriend prepared a beautiful bath for me. He put flowers and a bunch of little candles everywhere. He was crazy busy, and he knew I loved a great bath! I remember it was so small but it was so special to me because he thought it through.”

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CELEB SPOTTING: Alessandra Ambrosio & Son Getting In Some Pool Playtime

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Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio was hanging out with her little cutie Noah Mazur in the pool who wearing in Platypus Australia’s surfer-styled sunshirt HERE for just $36.95.

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By dressing her little dude in Platypus Australia’s Baby Kids Sunshirt, Alessandra proved she’s got beauty and brains. Platypus Australia is the leading UV children’s swimwear brand, offering a variety of stylish sun protective swimwear pieces for babies, girls, and boys, and blocks 97.5% of the sun harmful rays, allowing the kiddos to play sun and in the water all day, all while keeping their sensitive skin safe!

Gotta keep that skin safe while out in the sun.

SWAG GIVEAWAY: Back-To-School Prize Pack

Celebrity VIP Lounge had the opportunity to check out some really cool products and we loved them so much we thought we’d give one of our readers the chance to win them for themselves to enjoy.

Let me just say, these pens are THE best to write with, this dusting kit is exactly what I needed to clean my computer and my iphone screen all while jamming out to my favorite jams on this amazing Syren from iLuv. You know you want them too. Check them out below and then enter to win below.

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Zebra Sarasa RDI Pens
Zebra’s Sarasa RDI pens are equipped with Rapid Dry Ink technology that allows your writing to drying in under a second. This makes them not only great for drawing class, but also crucial for your lefties taking notes. They have smooth and scratch free writing performance, a rubber grip for maximum control, and come in an array of fun, bright colors students will love.

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Dust-Off Screen Cleaning Kits
Help your kids keep all of their electronics clean and readable amongst dirty hands and traveling to and from school. Dust-Off’s “no-run” formula spray and microfiber cloths make cleaning their computer and phone screens easy while on-the-go. The screen care line ensures that there are no fingerprints, dust or build-up on mobile device screens, laptops, or other electronics.

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Syren from iLuv
Students can wirelessly stream music in their dorm and worry about one less wire around their room with the Syren Bluetooth speaker. The Syren has 360-degree sound which makes it ideal for filling a room with a student’s favorite tunes. Not only is it great for music, the Syren also has hands free phone call capabilities with a built in mic and speakerphone. The rechargeable battery also lets the Syren travel outside for up to 5 hours of playtime.

Enter to win these items from Celebrity VIP Lounge below:

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Chris Brown Reveals “X” Tracklisting

He may have a drama-filled personal life, but there’s no denying Chris Brown’s talent. And fans will now get to hear some new music from the singer. Breezy recently unveiled the track list for his upcoming album, X, which features guest collaborations with R. Kelly, Akon, Kendrick Lamar and Brandy.

You’ve already heard the hits “Loyal” and “New Flame”, so will “X” spawn some more big hits for Brown?

Here is the full X track list:

1. “X”
2. “Add Me In”
3. “Loyal” (Feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga)
4. “New Flame” (Feat. Usher & Rick Ross)
5. “Songs On 12 Play” (Feat. Trey Songz)
6. “101 (Interlude)”
7. “Drown In It” (Feat. R. Kelly)
8. “Came To Do” (Feat. Akon)
9. “Stereotype”
10. “Time For Love”
11. “Lady In a Glass Dress (Interlude)”
12. “Autumn Leaves” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
13. “Do Better”
14. “See You Around”
15. “Don’t Be Gone Too Long”
16. “Body Shots”
17. “Want You To Want Me”

Deluxe Edition:
18. “Lost In Ya Love”
19. “Love More” (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
20. “Don’t Think They Know” (Feat. Aaliyah)
21. “Fine China”

Will you be checking out Chris Brown’s X album? I must admit, I am a huge Chris Brown fan (music-wise) and will more than likely be cranking this one up.

Budweiser #MadeInAmericaFest Features A HUGE Lineup!

It is one of the most amazing times of the year for music fanatics. It is time for the two-day Budweiser Made In America festival in Los Angeles and this year it is over the Labor Day weekend! Not only do I love this festival because of the wide array of musical acts, the festival benefits the United Way of Greater Los Angeles AND the Budweiser Made in America festival is the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts. This year’s East Coast festival will take place in Philadelphia.

The lineup this year includes: Imagine Dragons, Kanye West, John Mayer, Steve Aoki, Juanes, Afrojack, Kendrick Lamar, Rise Against, Weezer, Sublime with Rome, Metric, Capital Cities, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Gareth Emery, R3HAB, Schoolboy Q, Wolfgang Gartner, Borgore, DVBBS, 12th Planet, YG, Mute Math, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Dog, Terraplane Sun, ZZ Ward, Classixx, Hit-Boy, DJ Mustard, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA, Yellow Claw, Grits & Biscuits, Will Sparks, Cut Snake, Scavenger Hunt AND A Tribe Called Red.

This year’s Cause Village Vendors include: Shawn Carter Foundation, United Way, Headcount, Budweiser Veterans, Tyler Robinson Foundation (Imagine Dragons charity), Dogs without Border, Hire LA, Food Forward, United States Green Building Council, LIFT Los Angeles, Skid Row Housing, LA Street Car and LA Street Gallery.

For 2 day tickets for LA go HERE.
For a single day ticket for LA – August 30, go HERE.
For a single day ticket for LA – August 31st, go HERE.

For more information, check out the Budweiser Made In America Fest website HERE.

Which artist are you most looking forward to seeing or which of these artists would you like to see perform live?

Note: This post is sponsored, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Kim Kardashian: Reason For Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s Split?

Well, things are not looking good for Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey’s six year marriage. On Thursday Cannon did confirm that he and MC were separated and “living in separate for a few months”.

Even though we aren’t hearing a definite reason for the split, Nick is saying that his “main focus is his kids”.

And that is great and all, but is Kim Kardashian the reason for their ultimate split or were those cheating rumors on his part true?

All I can say is I knew damn well that things were going to get awfully messy at home after this interview:

Yes, he mentioned that he did the deed with Kim Kardashian.

After that interview went down, you know things back at the ranch were bad and Nick even admitted he made a mistake opening his big mouth. He told Australia’s 2DayFM, “I thought I was being coy and cunning by naming someone or people that I actually was in a relationship with. The world knew these, these weren’t like names that, you know, I pulled out of a hat – these are people you’ve seen me on red carpets with, engaged, in love and all of that stuff, so wasn’t like it was new information. You know sometimes, as my wife says, sometimes I should just keep my big mouth shut.”

Even though I do not think Kim Kardashian was the ultimate reason for Nick and Mariah’s split, I do think Nick’s mouth got him in a lot of trouble on more than one occasion.

Not all the jewelry in the world could fix his public spewing of the mouth.

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So what do you think? Is this a permanent split for these two?

Usher is Cigar Aficionado’s September Cover: Talks Justin Bieber’s Trouble, “The Voice,” and more

Between his platinum records, his dance moves, and his stewardship of talent on “The Voice,” the entertainer called Usher is the whole package. And, oh yeah, he has those eight-pack abs. The story is featured on the cover of the September 2014 issue, on newsstands August 26th.

Check out the highlights from the interview below:

On former protégé Justin Bieber, who has run into trouble lately: “We’re all God’s children. I can only imagine. I mean, it’s a crazy journey at any age. Who knows what would have happened to me or if I’d even be having this conversation from this perspective.”

On his famous 8-pack abs: “I was always athletic and, you know, everyone wants something they’re known for. But I was 5-foot-8. It wasn’t going to be basketball or football. So it was my abs.”

On coaching Josh Kaufman, the winner of NBC’s “The Voice:” “I get bragging rights as the one who won, after six seasons of it ping-ponging back and forth between Adam and Blake.”

On “Yeah,” his multimillion selling song from his 2004 album, “Confessions:” “It was not an automatic hit, at least to me, which is funny considering how massive it turned out to be. When I first got the song, it came from a producer who always gave everybody the same sound. The demo he gave me sounded like the same thing he was giving to everybody else. So I asked him if he could redo it—and when he did, it sounded like something that would be a hit record.”

On how the Internet has killed the music industry: “The Internet has killed the music industry. People don’t wait in line anymore at a Target or a Tower Records for a new CD to be released; they just download it. When you see companies like Blockbuster and Tower going out of business, you know the industry has changed.”

On what inspired him to make universally appealing music: “I was 8 or 9 and I was enjoying Michael Jackson and so was my mother. And so was my grandmother. How’s that possible? That, to me, represents success: when you manage to be part of the conversation with all ages.”

On his cigar-smoking style: “I like the smell and taste of a good cigar. It’s a great fit that truly celebrates the occasion. And there’s nothing better, when you’re in a space where you’re being creative. There’s something about savoring a moment, rather than wracking your head to find a creative solution. I’m too young to consider myself a connoisseur. I just enjoy smoking cigars. And I’m not blowing smoke up your ass.”

Rihanna Reveals Her Pick For “World’s Sexiest Woman”

At 26, Rihanna is the most-streamed female artist on Spotify, with more than 10 million albums sold, 13 number one singles, and seven Grammy awards. And that’s just the music. With her frosty new Viva Glam collection for M.A.C, everything Rihanna touches turns platinum. From the fall runways to Twitter feeds worldwide, Rihanna’s influence is impossible to ignore, and her fans now have access to that magnetism via her new collection. In the September issue of ELLE, Julie Schott, ELLE’s Beauty and Fitness Editor, chats with Rihanna about her beauty secrets and favorite products, her picks for Hollywood’s sexiest women and men, and her new Viva Glam collection for M.A.C.

Via Elle:

Rihanna on her picks for “world’s sexiest woman”:
“Penélope Cruz is the shit. If I could wake up and look like her tomorrow, that would be great. Mia Wallace [Uma Thurman’s Pulp Fiction character] is gangsta. She’s epic. I’m going to do that bob again. Those bangs.”

Rihanna on words she lives by:
“‘Avoid obviousness.’ That is a quote by Leonardo DiCaprio. That’s what makes you create something, that’s the excitement, that’s the thrill.”

Rihanna on her favorite product:
“Lipstick. It draws attention away from any flaws. When someone is wearing lipstick, you just assume they’re wearing a full face of makeup. And guys are stupid—they won’t notice when you’re not.”

KimYe Has Karl Lagerfeld Wrapped Around Their Fingers: North West Is Now A Baby Model!

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It seems as if KimYe have Mr. Karl Lagerfeld wrapped around their fingers. And Kim and Kanye are already throwing their child into the public limelight to make that money of her own.

Baby North West is officially a baby model and has made her debut in the fall issue of CR Fashion Book. I can’t help but admit that the 13-month-old tot looks adorable in the black-and-white photo, which captures Miss North wearing a Chanel brooch and bag along with Lorraine Schwartz diamond earrings.

On the photo above the fashionista reads, “North West. The Future,’ with Karl Lagerfeld’s quote, “It’s never too early to care about fashion!”

Yes, she does look cute. And, are you really that surprised that she is already rocking a fashion ad?