Troubled singer Chris Brown has reportedly recorded a duet with pop star Ariana Grande. The Forever hitmaker was ordered back to rehab on Friday (28Feb14) to extend a two-month anger management and drug rehab program.
Before he headed to court, he posted a picture of himself and Grande at a dance rehearsal with the caption "coming soon" on his Instagram.com page.
Grande fuelled rumours of a collaboration by sharing lyrics Brown had posted online and her manager, Scooter Braun, wrote on Twitter.com, "That was an amazing session. Excited for this incredible duet on the way."
It is likely the song's release will be postponed until Brown is released from rehab. He is due for another court hearing on 23 April (14).
Singer Carly Rae Jepsen is hoping her Broadway debut in beloved musical Cinderella will reignite her music creativity after struggling with writer's block. The Call Me Maybe hitmaker reveals she had been having trouble coming up with new tracks for the follow-up to her 2012 album Kiss and decided to take a break from her pop career after becoming "a little bit blocked".
She tells the New York Times, "It's almost scary to acknowledge it when you're in that place, because it's like, well, will that stop?
"I thought, how amazing would it be to take a left turn, somehow, and still come back to this (music). But 'left turn' - I didn't know what that meant."
She set her heart on fulfilling her theatre dreams with a role on the New York stage and Cinderella lead producer, Robyn Goodman, admits she was blown away by Jepsen's rendition of show tune In My Own Little Corner.
Goodman says, "We all knew she could sing, but there was something about her personality, that grace and charm. There's so many girls who are hip and dark, but the quality she has is so timeless."
And Jepsen had nothing but encouragement from her manager, Scooter Braun: "She thought I would say, 'No, you need to stay making music and you can't do this Broadway thing.' (But) being on Broadway, show after show after show, only adds to her as an overall artist, and allows her to find that happiness and live her dream."
Jepsen will kick off her 12-week stint on Broadway on Tuesday night (04Feb14), when actress Fran Drescher will also make her debut on the Great White Way as Cinderella's evil stepmother.
Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun has warned the troubled pop star to change his ways or quit music for good. The singer's bad boy behaviour has spiralled out of control in recent weeks and culminated in his arrest in Florida last week (ends26Jan14) on suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence and driving without a valid licence.
Bieber's legal troubles took a turn for the worse on Wednesday (29Jan14) when he was charged with assault after turning himself in to police in Toronto, Canada over an alleged spat with a limousine driver last month (Dec14).
It has now emerged Bieber's manager Braun has told the star the only way to continue with his music career is to make some serious changes or walk away from showbusiness.
In a new interview with Britain's GQ magazine, he says, "My responsibility is to always be there when they fall, always be there to help them get back up. But at some point I need to let them fail, because if they don't they're going to have no humanity... Sometimes he doesn't help himself because he's so angry... But no one really understands what he's living (through), only him....
"I can't baby him... I can say there is only one way around this, either we quit and let you try and find a normal life or you realise that this is what this is and we've got to keep fighting.
"And you're going to hate me some days because I'm going to say you can't throw a punch. You want to go out there and you want to bash their heads in... But the only way you're going to win them over is by being better."
Braun also opens up about an incident in Brazil, when a model took pictures of Bieber sleeping after a night out and shared them with the world, revealing the singer was upset about the damage to his reputation.
He adds, "He (Bieber) said 'I had a woman film me while I was sleeping, who I've never met before... She was in the house and she filmed me... They are assuming I slept with her and she was a prostitute... I've got to deal with that. I'm 19 (and) every single day I've got to deal with stuff like that. People thinking I had a baby or thinking I spit on my fans, just assuming the absolute worst about me."'
British-Irish pop stars The Wanted will embark on an extended hiatus following the completion of their upcoming world tour. The Glad You Came hitmakers broke the news to fans on Wednesday (22Jan14) as they unveiled the video for their new single Glow In The Dark, but Max George, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Siva Kaneswaran and Jay McGuiness won't disappear for good - they are simply planning to take some time out from the boyband to pursue other projects.
A statement posted on their website reads: "This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavours following the tour's conclusion.
"The band wants to stress to their fans that they will continue on as The Wanted and look forward to many successful projects together in the future. They thank their fans for their continued love and support and look forward to seeing them on tour."
And Parker has been eager to stress the break does not mean the band is splitting up.
Taking to Twitter.com, he writes, "Just want to say...It's a break, not the end. You can't get rid of us that easily haha!"
The Wanted formed in 2009 and have scored a string of hits, including Glad You Came, All Time Low and Lose My Mind.
They have also grown popular in the U.S. after recruiting Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, to guide their careers and documented their efforts to crack the Billboard charts last year (13) on their own reality TV show, The Wanted Life.
Their Word of Mouth World Tour will kick off in Germany on 8 February (14) and take the boys across Europe and North America. The shows will conclude in Oklahoma on 17 May (14).
News of The Wanted's hiatus emerges just weeks after singer Kaneswaran proposed to his longtime girlfriend, fashion designer Nareesha McCaffrey.
Justin Bieber has confirmed his manager Scooter Braun's engagement by publicly congratulating the happy couple via Twitter.com. Braun is preparing to walk down the aisle after proposing to his charity worker girlfriend Yael Cohen on Sunday (05Jan14), and Bieber celebrated the news by sharing it with fans on the social networking website.
Bieber, who hails from Ontario, Canada, reveals he is thrilled that his manager is planning to marry Cohen, who grew up in Vancouver, writing, "Scooter Braun get it! The man is happy. Congrats! A Canadian. Smart."
Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun has a new star in his life after proposing to girlfriend Yael Cohen on Sunday (05Jan14). Sources tell UsMagazine.com that Braun asked Cohen to marry him at his home in Los Angeles.
The 32 year old took to Twitter.com on Monday (06Jan14) with a cryptic tweet that appeared to confirm the news.
He wrote, "Loving 2014. Luckiest guy in the world."
Cohen is the CEO of charity organisation F**k Cancer.
Justin Bieber was just joking when he announced his retirement, according to representatives for his management company. The pop star announced his decision to quit the music industry in a post on his Twitter.com account on Tuesday (24Dec13), writing, "My beloved Beliebers I'm officially retiring".
The comment sparked panic among his fans, but Scott Manson, chief operating officer for Scooter Braun Projects, has now confirmed the Baby hitmaker is "100 per cent" not retiring.
Scooter Braun Projects general manager Allison Kaye has also released a statement to the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog, revealing the pop star was just kidding.
She says, "Regarding his recent tweeting about his 'retirement' Justin felt that this was the best way to respond to the latest in a long line of inaccurate or wildly exaggerated media reports about him. He chose to channel his frustration into playing along with this baseless rumour and even used (the word) 'beloved' to tip off his core fans that it wasn't real. But within 20 minutes, Justin realised that fans were confused by the media reports and clarified that he was kidding. This wasn't a planned stunt, it was just another day in the life of living under the microscope. Justin loves his fans and understands that this scrutiny comes along with his success and the interest in him from fans and media."
Pop superstar Justin Bieber gave fans a shock on Christmas Eve (24Dec13) by taking to Twitter.com to declare his plans for retirement once again. The Baby hitmaker first sent fans into a spin last week (ends20Dec13) after telling a Los Angeles DJ he was ready to hang up his microphone for good at the age of 19.
His manager, Scooter Braun, subsequently played down rumours the teen was done with pop, insisting he was simply planning to take some time out in 2014, but Bieber reiterated his intentions to quit the music industry once more on Tuesday (24Dec13), telling his more than 47 million Twitter followers, "My beloved beliebers (fans) I'm officially retiring."
The message caused frenzied fans to take to the Internet to express their heartbreak, but Bieber then appeared to dismiss his own claim with a series of follow-up posts.
He went on to add, "The media talks a lot about me. They make a up a lot of lies and want me to fail but I'm never leaving you, being a belieber (fan) is a lifestyle.
"Be kind loving to each other, forgive each other as god forgave us through Christ Merry Christmas IM (sic) FOREVER."
Bieber's confusing posts appeared online hours before the release of his new concert documentary, Justin Bieber's Believe, hit cinemas in North America, and it seems he hasn't given up singing at all - he shared a number of videos on Instagram.com on Christmas Day (25Dec13) featuring snippets of him singing acoustic versions of his tracks U Smile, Confident and Swap It Out.
Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun has played down the pop superstar's talk of retirement, insisting he is simply planning some down time for 2014. The singer sent fans into a spin on Tuesday (17Dec13) when he told a Los Angeles DJ he was ready to hang up his microphone at the age of 19.
He said, "After the album, um, I'm actually retiring, man. I'm retiring. I'm going to take some time. I think I'm probably going to quit music."
However, Braun has assured devotees Bieber isn't turning his back on the charts for good.
Speaking on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, Braun explained, "He talked about how he's taking a year off and just gonna work on music and how he's really gonna take time for himself, because he hasn't taken time off since he was 12 and he'll be 20 years old in March."
Bieber has had a busy 2013 after taking his Believe tour across the world. However, his behaviour both on and off the stage has also drawn attention after hitting headlines for everything from showing up late at concerts, to urinating in restaurant mop buckets and defacing walls with graffiti.
He is due to release his new concert documentary, Justin Bieber's Believe, on Christmas Day (25Dec13) and recently insisted everything about his crazy life in the spotlight would be explained in the film.
Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun delayed the release of the pop superstar's new concert movie until the end of the year (13) after the teen began hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Baby hitmaker has fallen foul of the law on multiple occasions amid reports of speeding inside the gated community of his Los Angeles home and defacing building walls with graffiti in Brazil and Australia, while he has also been showing up late at concerts and was caught urinating in a restaurant mop bucket - all in the space of a few months.
Braun claims the drama prompted Bieber's handlers to stall plans to release the concert film over the summer (13) to give them time to rework the project, and sit the singer down for an in-depth interview with director Jon M. Chu to share his side of the story.
And Chu pushed Bieber so close to the brink, he struggled to hide his emotions on camera.
During an interview on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, Braun explained, "I think he's going through normal teenage stuff and he's trying to fight this idea of wanting to be normal, but then the responsibility that comes of being who he is, I think we address that in the film...
"We made this film and we actually canned it for six months because we realised with all the rumours coming, we couldn't address them all, and we'd be sitting there defending and having to prove this, that and the other...
"We decided to have him address everything, so in the film, he actually does a three-hour sit-down interview and we chopped it up and put the best bits in the film... Jon asked him really hard questions, like, 'People think you're the next trainwreck; what do you say about that?' or 'This happened. What really happened?', to the point where he broke down at one point and he said, 'Put it all on the film.'"
Justin Bieber's Believe concert documentary is set to hit movie theatres on Christmas Day (25Dec13) and Braun insists fans and critics will learn a lot from the film.
He added, "I think this movie was kinda liberating. I think the last movie, Never Say Never, did extremely well and it represented hope, it represented a kid who came from nothing and lived the dream, and this movie is what happens when you get knocked down... This movie shows Justin facing adversity and how he's really responding to it... so this movie really addresses that..."