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‘I’m Totally Pregnant,’ Kelly Clarkson Tells Fans Onstage in L.A.

The admission came after she got teary while singing her anthem "Piece by Piece"

Pop star Kelly Clarkson let slip some big news at her Los Angeles concert on Wednesday night, telling the audience, “I’m totally pregnant.”

After getting teary while singing her 2015 anthem, “Piece by Piece,” Clarkson announced to the cheering crowd that she is expecting a second child, USA Today reports. She gave birth to River Rose, her daughter with husband Brandon Blackstock, last summer.

Clarkson told the audience that she had not planned to announce her pregnancy just yet and that even some family members still had not heard the news. But “I was crying, and I didn’t want you to think I was crazy,” she said.

The song’s lyrics focus on parenting: “I would never leave her like you left me/She will never have to wonder her worth/Because unlike you, I’m gonna put her first,” Clarkson sings at one point.

Despite her tears, Clarkson was able to laugh at her spur-of-the-moment admission. “I’m honestly so hormonal today,” she said. “That’s totally not how I wanted to announce that.”

[USA Today]

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Hear Icona Pop’s Jazz-Inspired New Single “Emergency”

The Swedish duo taps into jazz-age vibes on their latest track

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The crisis Icona Pop sings about in the duo’s new single is an emergency of the dance-related variety. When an ambulance is summoned, it seems to be for the express purpose of saving a victim who is lost in the music, perhaps too far gone for rescue.

The song moves with a sense of urgency, its cadence reminiscent of Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae.” But it swaps out that track’s funky beat for a backbone of marching piano and trumpet solos worthy of the Gatsby era. Had it been released a couple of years earlier, it would have been a shoo-in for the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby adaptation.

Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” a collaboration with Charli XCX released in 2012, was a top-ten song of that summer. While “Emergency” doesn’t have quite the same undeniable song-of-summer quality as their breakout stateside hit, it may well be a close second.

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Watch Jake Miller’s Trippy New Video Dazed and Confused Featuring Travie McCoy

His Dazed and Confused Tour kicks off July 8

Rapper and singer Jake Miller dropped a music video Tuesday for his latest single “Dazed and Confused.”

Featuring Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy, and with a special appearance from Austin Mahone, Miller’s new video is all about showing off his “quirky sense of humor.”

Set in a supermarket, cashier Miller (a throwback to when he used to work in a store) sees a girl who leaves him dumbfounded. When he gets knocked out by slipping on some marbles, he enters a bizarro dream world where fruit sings and his head is trapped in a freezer. It’s so trippy you’d think you were watching the 1993 cult classic of the same name.

Miller’s upcoming Dazed and Confused Tour kicks off July 8, in Sayreville, New Jersey.

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Justin Bieber Explains Why It Ain’t Easy Being the Bieb

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Jason LaVeris — Getty Images Justin Bieber attends the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber on March 14, 2015, in Los Angeles

“Unless you're stupid, I don't think you would think it's easy to be who I am”

Being young, rich, famous and talented isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Justin Bieber.

During an exclusive interview with USA Today, the Canadian pop star opened up about the trials and tribulations that come with teenage stardom.

“Just use your head, you’ll understand that my life is not easy. Not having privacy. Growing up in front of the cameras since I was 13, 14,” explains Bieber.

However, after numerous run-ins with the law last year, the 21-year-old says he’s finally turning a corner and embarking on an odyssey of self-discovery.

“Yeah, I’m growing, figuring some stuff out. As you do when you grow up,” said Bieber. “You figure out what type of man you want to be, that’s where I’m at.”

Read more at USA Today

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Listen to Prince’s Surprise New Song

Ahead of his tour, which was also supposed to be a surprise

Looks like Prince has pulled a Beyonce. The enigmatic artist suddenly released his latest single, “What If?” Friday, with no advance warning.

“What If?” was released the day before Prince is scheduled to start his Hit & Run Tour, which was itself supposed to be a surprise until word leaked online. The tour, which will consist of surprise shows with his band 3rdEyeGirl, is scheduled to start Saturday in Louisville, Ky., Vulture reports.

Check out the new track here:

[WSJ]

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‘It’s My Party’ Singer Lesley Gore Dies at 68: Listen to 5 of Her Best Songs

The '60s pop star made a hit career out of musical moping

Lesley Gore was an icon to young women in the 1960s with feisty hits that expressed the frustrations of being a teenager. It’s a theme that could easily feel stale in 2015, but “It’s My Party” remains popular on oldies stations and “You Don’t Own Me” still holds lessons for girls in the 21st century.

The singer-songwriter died of cancer Monday at age 68, her longtime partner Lois Sasson confirmed. In honor of her life and influence, here are five of the New Jersey-raised singer’s best hits.

1. “You Don’t Own Me”

The 1963 feminist anthem hit No. 2 on the Billboard pop singles chart and still feels raw today. “When I heard that song at the age of 17,” Gore said in a 2005 interview, “it felt like a humanist song to me. I could see a guy singing that to a young woman as easily as I could see a young woman singing it to her boyfriend or her father.”

2. “It’s My Party”

Gore’s first and biggest hit reached No. 1 and has stuck around on the radio for decades. Sure, the tale of a spurned teen crying over her boyfriend ditching her for someone else is pretty sappy—but wouldn’t you cry, too, if it happened to you?

3. “Judy’s Turn to Cry”

The lesser-known sequel to “It’s My Party” sees Johnny come back to Lesley. You know what that means: It’s Judy’s turn to cry.

4. “She’s a Fool”

Gore did a lot of musical moping over boys who prefer other girls, so it may have come as a surprise to some when she opened up later in life about being a lesbian.

5. “Maybe I Know”

Once again, the musical protagonist is the victim of heartbreak by cheating. Somehow, it never seems to get old.

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Taylor Swift’s 1989 Is Heading Right Back to the Top of the Charts

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Jason Merritt—Getty Images Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2015 InStyle And Warner Bros. 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

There's no stopping this girl

Taylor Swift’s 1989 could be topping the Billboard 200 chart again.

After two weeks out of the top spot, the Shake It Off singer’s smash-hit album is currently sitting at No. 2 and those in the know believe it has the power to reach No. 1 for a tenth week, Billboard reports.

If 1989 has no successful challengers, it will be one of only 11 albums ever to have racked up 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Swift’s album Fearless made it to 11 weeks, making her one of only four women to have accomplished the feat.

Can she do it again? You’ll find out on Feb. 4 when Billboard announces the new top 10.

[Billboard]

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Go Behind TIME’s Taylor Swift Cover With Photographer Martin Schoeller

For this week’s issue of TIME, photographer Martin Schoeller traveled from New York to photograph Taylor Swift for our cover. The location? Forest Hills, Tennessee near the star’s adopted base of Nashville. The studio? Swift’s family home.

“I wanted to show her in an unexpected light,” Schoeller tells TIME. “We are used to seeing her portrayed a certain way, quite ‘pop-like’. I wanted her to come across a bit differently.”

Martin Schoeller for TIMETaylor Swift photographed playing the piano at her parents’ home in Forest Hills, Tennessee on September 29, 2014.

So for the cover, Schoeller made one of his signature “close up” style images: tight framing, brightly lit. In the resulting image we see the pop star in a new light, up close and straight on.

The entire TIME shoot took nearly an hour and the photographer and his team tried several set ups: in the garden, in a living room space and in various parts of the house. In an image used in the magazine story, we see Swift drooped over a family piano, seemingly deep in thought. In a second shot, we see her in the garden in bright sunlight.

Martin Schoeller for TIMETaylor Swift photographed at her parents home in Forest Hills, Tennessee on September 29, 2014.

“She knew exactly how to sit for a shoot,” Schoeller adds. “It went incredibly smoothly. It’s pretty exciting to photograph a star like her.”


Martin Schoeller is a New York-based photographer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, GQ and TIME among many others. Read Schoeller’s LightBox piece The Photo That Made Me.

Richard Conway is reporter/producer for TIME LightBox


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Jennifer Hudson’s Son Idolizes a Pop Star… And It’s Not Her

Hint: He wears a white glove and a sequin jacket

Jennifer Hudson said on Late Night with Seth Meyers that her 5-year-old son, David, is a big fan of the late Michael Jackson.

Hudson showed a cell-phone video clip of her little son dancing like Jackson to “Beat It.” Her son is so taken with Michael Jackson, he even said he liked him more than his own mother. He later took his statement back, Hudson said on the show, and said Michael Jackson was his favorite dancer, and Hudson was his favorite singer.

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Betty Who Gets Hearts Racing With New Song “Runaways”: Listen

Betty Who and her bad boy beau go Bonnie & Clyde on a new highlight from her upcoming debut

Betty Who has a knack for capturing the very essence of euphoria — from her glittering, Whitney Houston-inspired 2013 debut single “Somebody Loves You” to her crunchy anthem “Heartbreak Dream,” she manages to create lightning-in-a-bottle bursts of pop time and time again. Ahead of the release of her debut LP Take Me When You Go on October 7, the rising pop diva has delivered another heart-racing rush with “Runaways,” a sleek and shimmering highlight from the upcoming record.

“We sneak out late after midnight, highjack your daddy’s car / You’re my best bad kind of habit, I’m your backseat movie star,” Who purrs above a steady ’80’s-inspired synth pulse. It’s an all out us-against-the-world teen rebel anthem, armed with the kind of unstoppable, sing-along yelp of a chorus (and an even more catchy chant afterward) that makes everything feel infinite.

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