Ariana Grande has distanced herself from the grammatical errors in the lyrics of her new song Break Free, revealing she initially refused to sing lines that were littered with bad English.
The 21-year-old singer is destined to have another huge success with her Zedd collaboration, which was written by hitmaker Max Martin, but she's well aware the track features grammar mistakes.
She tells Time magazine, "I fought him (Martin) on it the whole time: 'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It's funny, just do it!' "I know it's funny and silly, but grammatically incorrect things make me cringe sometimes."
In the end she agreed to sing the lines Martin had written, which include lyrics like "Now that I've become who I really are" and "I only wanna die alive". She adds, "I need to shake it off and let it go and be a little less rigid and old. I'm, like, 90. I need to not be that old."
British singer Dev Hynes has accused heavy-handed Lollapalooza bouncers of assaulting him and his girlfriend after his Friday (01Aug14) set at the Chicago, Illinois festival. The Blood Orange star claims he was "jumped by three security guards" after his band's late afternoon performance, insisting, "Everyone saw it."
In a series of tweets on Friday evening, Hynes wrote, "Samantha (Urbani) and I just got assaulted by the security. We are about to press charges... They grabbed her I asked what they were doing and they grabbed my neck and threw me to the ground, then two others joined in on me."
Urbani joined Hynes onstage during Blood Orange's set and urged the crowd to be aware of police brutality issues.
Controversial Hynes also staged a silent protest, wearing a T-shirt that featured the names of African-American victims of violence Eric Garner, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin. Garner's 17 July (14) death at the hands of a New York police officer was officially ruled a homicide hours before his set.
He promoted the T-shirt before the gig by posting a photo of himself wearing it and writing, "Samantha & I made this T-shirt which I'm wearing today. The set is dedicated to these names & more. We remember."
Songwriter and musician Don Lanier has died at the age of 78. The Texas native passed away last week (23Jul14).
Lanier began his lengthy career as a guitarist in Jimmy Bowen's Rhythm Orchids band and teamed up with singer Buddy Knox to record his hit song Party Doll.
He went on to pen tunes like Hula Love and I'm Stickin' With You for Knox and later wrote tracks for the likes of the Everly Brothers, Dean Martin and soul man Ray Charles, who scored a hit with 1967's Here We Go Again.
His work was also included on George Strait's Holding My Own album, Glen Campbell's The Last Time I Saw Her record and Nancy Sinatra's Nancy.
Lanier worked as an A&R man at MCA in his later years and helped to boost the careers of clients including Reba McEntire, Strait and Loretta Lynn.
A teen sex abuse case brought against moviemaker Bryan Singer by an unnamed British actor has been dismissed. The plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, filed suit against the X-Men director in May (14) in Los Angeles, prompting Singer to file a motion to dismiss several weeks ago, insisting there was no legal basis for the suit.
The case was dropped on Friday (25Jul14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Singer's lawyer Martin Singer tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We are pleased the case was dismissed."
Jeffrey Herman, the plaintiff's attorney, has yet to release a statement concerning why the suit was dropped.
The moviemaker is not yet completely clear of the sex abuse scandal that has been swirling around him for months - Michael Egan III's case against him is still pending.
Egan claims Bryan Singer sexually abused him at a party in Hawaii in 1999, when the plaintiff was still a teenager.
Latin pop star Ricky Martin has signed up to share his music savvy on the Mexican version of The Voice reality TV franchise. The Livin' La Vida Loca hitmaker wrapped up his second year as a coach on The Voice Australia earlier this week (begs21Jul14) and on Thursday (24Jul14), it was revealed he will be heading to Mexico to join local stars Yuri and Julion Alvarez and Italian singer Laura Pausini on the panel of talent mentors there.
A spokesperson for Mexico's Televisa network, which airs the show, says, "All his experience and musical abilities will be available for the next season of The Voice... Mexico."
The fourth season of the Mexican series will kick off on 7 September (14).
Martin replaced country star Keith Urban on The Voice Australia, but it is not yet known if he will return for season four next year (15).
Elvis Presley's last Cadillac car and a 1975 guitar are among the items going under the hammer at Graceland during the estate's annual Elvis Week. Every year, the rock and roll icon's legacy is celebrated at his former home in Memphis, Tennessee, and as part of the 10-day event, 72 of his personal items will be auctioned off next month (14Aug14).
Among the lots up for sale is a 1976 Cadillac Seville - the last one Presley purchased before his death in 1977 - a 1975 Martin D-28 guitar, a signed library card, the original script for his movie Love Me Tender, a 1969 Las Vegas show agreement, and the gemstone and diamond encrusted lion mask pendant and chain worn by the singer when he met U.S. President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970.
Third-party collectors will also be auctioning off items, including a Bonhams sale at the Quail Lodge Auction in California on 15 August (14), which will feature Presley's Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine. The luxury vehicle, which boasts a state-of-the-art radio, air-conditioning and a car phone, is expected to sell for an estimated $300,000 (£176,471).
Pop superstar Ricky Martin has credited Australian swimming champion Ian Thorpe with inspiring millions of gay youngsters around the world by opening up about his sexuality. The five-time gold medallist 'came out' as gay during a recent TV interview, and Martin, who made a similar revelation in 2010, has praised Thorpe for giving hope to all those still struggling with personal issues.
Martin tells Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, "(Thorpe) has no idea what he's doing for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community around the world. He is so powerful... I'll say it now, and I've said it on many occasions. There are millions of little boys and girls around the world struggling with their sexual identity. To have someone as powerful as him, and as successful as (Thorpe) saying: 'It's OK to be who you who you are, and be happy'. Kudos, Ian, I'm very proud of you."
Martin 'came out' as gay in 2010 after years of rumours about his sexuality, and the Livin' la Vida Loca singer insists Thorpe was very brave to acknowledge his sexual preferences publicly.
He adds, "Some people die without being able to accept themselves. It took me 35 years."
Singer Gina Glocksen has given birth to a baby girl. The former American Idol star welcomed her first child with husband Joe Ruzicka in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday (10Jul14), reports People.com.
The couple appears to have drawn inspiration from popular fantasy book series Game of Thrones for the newborn's first name - they have called her Daenerys 'Dany' Josephine.
Author George R.R. Martin's novels feature a character called Daenerys Targaryen, who is played in the hit TV adaptation by British actress Emilia Clarke.
Glocksen has since debuted the little girl online in a pair of photos on Instagram.com.
British royal Prince Harry has recruited Coldplay star Chris Martin to create a new anthem for his upcoming Invictus Games. The singer is composing the music that will serve as the theme for the Paralympic-style competition for wounded servicemen and women, which will begin in September (14).
It appears Coldplay are favourites of the royals - Harry's brother William recently revealed that Martin's band is his favourite act.
"Parenting has been nothing but a beautiful way of complementing my life. I'm only starting. I want a little girl!" Singer Ricky Martin would love to give his five-year-old twin boys Valentino and Matteo a little sister. The kids were born via a surrogate mother in 2008.