Entertainment » Music http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment The latest Entertainment news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:27:00 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Video Shows What Happens Inside Police Car With the Radio On http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/video-shows-what-happens-inside-police-car-with-the-radio-on/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/video-shows-what-happens-inside-police-car-with-the-radio-on/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:51:57 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319851

If you have ever wondered what cop partners do with all the time they spend cruising city streets in their cruisers, a local police department has posted a video with the surprising answer.

A video posted last week to the Facebook page of the Rosenberg Police Department in Rosenberg, Tex., shows two officers belting out the lyrics to the Katy Perry smash hit, “Roar.”

“See … we really are no different then anyone else,” the department wrote on its Facebook page.

The post has been shared more than 200,000 times.

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College Student’s Cover of Paul Simon Is Uncanny http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/college-students-cover-of-paul-simon-is-uncanny/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/college-students-cover-of-paul-simon-is-uncanny/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 15:31:56 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319550

Josh Turner may be a 21-year-old senior at Butler University – but if you close your eyes while listening to him sing, you will think he is Paul Simon.

A YouTube video of Turner covering the legendary American singer’s 1980s hit “Graceland” has gone viral thanks to Turner’s uncanny vocal match to Simon.

“I was surprised,” Turner said today on “Good Morning America,” reacting to the video’s 77,000 views and counting.

“I actually had a video go a little viral a while ago and it was a more splashy sort of guitar video. It was a cover of “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits,” Turner said, referring to a video he posted last year that got nearly 1 million views.

“I was surprised that something that was more vocally-oriented went viral because I never really thought of myself as much as a vocalist,” he said.

Even more amazing is how Tuner, a music major at Butler, got his start in music.

“When I was 13 years old, I was an avid video gamer and my parents decided it was in my best interest to confiscate my PlayStation for a few weeks and told me I needed to find something better to do with my time,” Turner said.  “Out of spite, I learned a few Beatles songs and that’s how it all got started.”

And what happened to that PlayStation that unknowingly started Turner’s music and YouTube career?

“I did get it back but I’ve never looked at it the same way since,” Turner said.

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Jennifer Lopez Pushes Healthy Eating, Gives Free Bronx Concert http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/jennifer-lopez-pushes-healthy-eating-gives-free-bronx-concert/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/jennifer-lopez-pushes-healthy-eating-gives-free-bronx-concert/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00:07 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319517 ABC News’ Jennifer Pereira and Douglas Vollemayer report:

Jennifer Lopez is a musical force of nature and her songs have touched people all over the world, but at her core she’s still Jenny from the block.

“Good Morning America”‘s Michael Strahan caught up with Lopez, 44, and her sister, Lynda Lopez, 42, in the Bronx. The sisters were there to launch the Center for a Healthy Childhood, which will aim to teach families how to live and eat healthier.

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The center is a partnership between their Lopez family foundation and Montefiore Medical Center.

Addressing a crowd that had gathered for the launch on Sunday, Jennifer Lopez said the Bronx rated “dead last” in good health outcomes of all the counties in New York state, and speaking in an interview to Strahan, Lopez said conversation with Montefiore revealed that obesity was the biggest problem in the community.

She talked about what she ate as a child.

“We ate rice and beans and pork chops, I mean fried pork chops … We didn’t have a lot of vegetables or salads or greens or fruits or things like that. It was a whole different culture,” she said.

Her sister said she hoped the center would teach children and mothers to eat healthy.

Jennifer Lopez also gave back in another way that thrilled her legions of fans: on Wednesday night, she gave her first ever free concert in the Bronx, rocking the house at Orchard Beach. It was all part of State Farm’s Neighborhood Sessions, where artists give back to their hometowns. Lopez noted that the concert comes the same week she released her debut album (“On the 6″) 15 years ago.

When Strahan asked the superstar singer, actress and “American Idol” judge what she would tell herself if she knew then what she knows now, she replied: “I would say follow your instincts, follow your gut.  I have to say the times when things did go wrong is when I didn’t.”

Lopez said she feels as though her life is “something that is surreal and out of a fairy tale.”

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Why Jennifer Lopez Went on Vegan Program http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/why-jennifer-lopez-went-on-vegan-program/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/06/why-jennifer-lopez-went-on-vegan-program/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:01:01 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319396 Jennifer Lopez is a triple threat – singer, dancer and actress – and her toned body is the envy of women who are half her age.

The 44-year-old “First Love” singer has said she eats everything in moderation and doesn’t do weird diets but, in an interview with “Good Morning America’s” Michael Strahan, she revealed that she briefly went vegan with the past new year.

“I said, ‘You know, I’m going to start to change how I eat.’ … So I went on this 22-day vegan program,” the “American Idol” judge said, adding that she put “the whole family on it.”

“Everybody in the house had to do it,” she said.

Lynda Lopez, her sister, agreed.

“She said, ‘We’re doing it,’” Lynda Lopez said. “It was delicious.”

Jennifer Lopez said as children the sisters often ate rice and beans, and fried pork chops.

“Every day, every day,” added her sister.

“My mom and my grandmother was like, ‘This is healthy food,’ and we loved it,” Jennifer Lopez said. “We didn’t have a lot of vegetables or salads or greens or fruits or things like that. It was a whole different culture and that’s what happens – it passes down.”

Lopez’s new album, “A.K.A.,” will be released June 17.

Watch the full interview with Jennifer Lopez Thursday on “GMA.”

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’50 Cent’ on Pitch Seen Round the World: ‘It Slipped’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/50-cent-on-pitch-seen-round-the-world-it-slipped/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/50-cent-on-pitch-seen-round-the-world-it-slipped/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 13:17:11 +0000 Katie Kindelan http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319373 Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson may have gone down in the record books this week for throwing one of the worst ceremonial first pitches in baseball history, but at least he can say the “oops” moment got him out of a parking ticket.

“I actually got pulled over by New York City police, they pulled me over in my car,” Jackson, 38, said today on “Good Morning America.”  “I said, ‘I’ve got my license.’ Right? Because I was a little nervous he pulled me over.”

“Then he said, ‘You know, that pitch was terrible,’” Jackson said.  “He didn’t give me a ticket, no nothing.  He said, ‘I don’t want to mess up your day because you made me laugh.’”

Jackson’s escape from the law came just days after he threw out the first pitch at the New York Mets-Pittsburgh Pirates game Tuesday at Citi Field in Queens, New York, a few miles away from where he grew up.

Wearing a No. 50 Mets jersey, Jackson launched into a high leg kick but the baseball didn’t sail over home plate and into the glove of Mets catcher Anthony Recker. Instead, the ball flew from Jackson’s left hand, bouncing to the backstop and nearly nailing the assembled photographers.

“It slipped,” Jackson said on “GMA,” discounting any claims that the pitching fail had been a publicity stunt.

“I’m not a professional pitcher,” he said.  “I make music.”

Jackson will have a chance to redeem himself at Citi Field when he returns June 14.  This time, however, the rapper will be on the field in his comfort zone, performing a concert  for his new album, “Animal Ambition.”

“I’ll be back on the mound,” Jackson said.

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Macaulay Culkin Booed Off Stage, Pelted With Beer During British Festival Show http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/macaulay-culkin-booed-off-stage-pelted-with-beer-during-british-festival-show/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/macaulay-culkin-booed-off-stage-pelted-with-beer-during-british-festival-show/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 17:16:03 +0000 Lauren Effron http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319260 GTY pizza underground band mar 140526 16x9 608 Macaulay Culkin Booed Off Stage, Pelted With Beer During British Festival Show

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“Home Alone” star turned rocker Macaulay Culkin and his pizza-themed band were booed off stage as the audience pelted them with beer during a performance at a music festival in England.

The 33-year-old former child star, best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in the early ’90s films, was performing with his band, The Pizza Underground, at Rock City in Nottingham, England, for the Dot to Dot music festival over the weekend when the audience turned on them.

According to The Nottingham Post, boos and jeers rose up from the crowd after the band’s first song and then some concertgoers started throwing pints of beer at them. The band was on stage for only 15 minutes before storming off, the newspaper reported.

The Post also noted that as security guards tried to remove the perpetrators, Culkin told the audience, “Why are you throwing those? I’d rather drink them.”

After the band ended their set early, some audience members took to Twitter to describe their experiences:

Culkin, who does vocals and plays kazoo, and his band parody classic hits from the American rock band Velvet Underground with pizza-themed lyrics, which one fan seemed to think was a step too far for some audience members.

The band later tweeted:

 

 

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See Instagrams By Kim and Kanye’s Wedding Guests http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/see-instagrams-by-kim-and-kanyes-wedding-guests/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/see-instagrams-by-kim-and-kanyes-wedding-guests/#comments Sun, 25 May 2014 22:18:12 +0000 Gillian Mohney http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319239

While we’re still waiting to get a good, non-blurry photo of the Kardashian and West union, we can at least rely on social media for a few glimpses into the extravagant affair.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West hostes famous friends at their rehearsal dinner and wedidng. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Plenty of the couple’s closest (and famous) friends were in attendance, and proving that celebs really are just like us a number of the guests posted pictures of after-party on instagram. Everyone from shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti to John Legend and of course family like Kris Jenner and Khloe Kardashian were in attendance. While Kardashian’s dress could barely be seen in photos, it was Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith, who made the most fashion forward entrance.

Smith appeared in photos wearing a white Batman suit, we’re not sure if that falls under black tie or cocktail attire.

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Michael Jackson’s Hologram Rocks the House at Billboard Music Awards 2014 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/michael-jacksons-hologram-rocks-the-house-at-billboard-music-awards-2014/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/michael-jacksons-hologram-rocks-the-house-at-billboard-music-awards-2014/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 01:51:58 +0000 Suzan Clarke http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=319008

Nearly five years after his death, a virtual Michael Jackson took to the stage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards and wowed his fans.

A remarkably life-like hologram of the King of Pop performed “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song from his second posthumously released album, “Xscape.”

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Dressed in a white jacket with gold braid and red pants, Jackson’s hologram – along with backup dancers – sang and performed all his best-known dance moves on stage, including his signature moonwalk. Spectators in the audience clapped and cheered, and one woman could be seen wiping away tears.

 

Social media was set ablaze. Some people appreciated seeing their idol again, even in this form, but others found it unsettling.

Here was some of the reaction on Twitter:



 

 

 

On Facebook, many strong opinions were expressed soon after the performance.

“It’s kind of creepy. I didn’t like it. I thought it was bad way to honor him,” one poster wrote.

Wrote another: “That was way too realistic. I mean to the point where it was almost like he was always alive and was in hiding.”

Added another: “amazing…but really really creepy. i wonder how his kids felt about that”

The hologram’s appearance had been in some doubt. The owners of the technology – which was also used to bring slain rapper Tupac Shakur back to digital life for a 2012 performance at the Coachella music festival – had sought to block tonight’s performance based on alleged potential patent violations, but on Friday a judge denied the request and ruled that the awards could use Jackson’s hologram.

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Will Robin Thicke’s New Song Win Back Paula Patton? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/will-robin-thickes-new-song-win-back-paula-patton/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/will-robin-thickes-new-song-win-back-paula-patton/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 14:05:51 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=318950

“Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke will debut a new song when he performs at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards and, according to reports, Thicke hopes his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton, is watching.

The song is called “Get Her Back” and includes the lyrics, “I should’ve kissed you longer/ I should’ve held you stronger,” and, “All I wanna do is make it right,” according to TMZ.

Thicke, 37, and Patton, 38, split earlier this year after being together for 21 years, including nine years as a married couple. They are also the parents of a 3-year-old son, Julian.

Read: Paula Patton and Robin Thicke Separate

Thicke made headlines just prior to his split from Patton with a risqué performance alongside Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.  He also tried to woo Patton back just after their split, saying onstage at a concert that he was “trying to get my girl back,” before breaking into his 2007 hit “Lost Without You.”

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That concert, however, was not broadcast before millions of people on TV as this Sunday’s telecast of the Billboards Music Awards will be.

“They separated, we’re told, because of the Miley Cyrus incident at the VMAs,” said Mike Walters of TMZ.  “This is just as live and grandiose of a stage to say, ‘I want you back.’”

Patton told Vanity Fair in its latest issue that she still has “deep love” for her ex.

Read: Robin Thicke Says He Doesn’t Know If He’d Be Alive Without Paula Patton

“We’ve known each other since we were teenagers. All I can tell you is there’s a deep love there – always was, and always will be,” Patton told the magazine when asked if she and the singer will remain apart.

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‘Believe Kids Group’ Gets ‘GMA’ Surprise http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/believe-kids-group-gets-gma-surprise/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2014/05/believe-kids-group-gets-gma-surprise/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 16:07:12 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/?p=318893

Six kids from Brooklyn who have already overcome challenges like living in a homeless shelter will have their chance to perform at Radio City Music Hall next month, but first they stopped by “Good Morning America” for a chance to show off their musical skills.

The six members of the “Believe Kids Group” – Nazeser Miller, Alexis Albert, Deja Giddings, Dorian Sanders, Ke’lia Singleton and Gregory Giddings – rocked the “GMA” Times Square studio with a live performance of their musical skit “Ya Gotta Believe.”

The kids, who all come from Brooklyn, range in age from 6 to 11 and already have big ambitions for what they want to achieve.

“[I want to] be president to make the world a better place,” one member said.

“Be a doctor and a lawyer,” chimed in another, of his future career ambitions.

The students have been tapped to perform June 17 in the “Garden of Dreams” Talent Show, an annual event where children who have overcome obstacles get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform at the famed Radio City Music Hall, home to the Rockettes.

They will perform the same “Ya Gotta Believe” skit, on which they collaborated with the Imagine Project, at Radio City.

One of the group members’ musical idols is superstar singer and dancer Jason Derulo.

The “Believe Kids Group” was surprised today  with VIP guest tickets to Derulo’s “GMA” Summer Concert Series show in Central Park this year.

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