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Soundtrack To Fox's 'Empire' Beats Madonna To American Chart Top Spot


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It’s been a big week for new music releases in the Billboard 200 albums chart, as all of top three positions are taken by new entries. The soundtrack to smash musical drama ‘Empire’ has edged out Madonna’s new album to claim the top spot in this week’s chart.

The Fox hit series been tearing up the music charts as well as the TV ratings, selling 130,000 units in the week ending March 15th, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was also the third highest-rated primetime broadcast of the week, with last Wednesday’s episode attracting 14.9 million viewers.

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Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' is her first album not to be US Number 1 in 17 years

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Taylor Swift Sittin' Pretty At Number One For 11th Week


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It’s getting to be a bit like Groundhog Day… another Wednesday, another week at Number 1 for the musical machine that is Taylor Swift. 1989 has notched up an eleventh non-consecutive week at the top of the US Billboard 200, according to figures released by Nielsen SoundScan.

It means that the album, released 15 weeks ago way back November, is now equal with Swift’s second record Fearless for her longest reign at the top. In all that time, it has been no lower than Number 2, interrupted by one week stints for One Direction, J.Cole, Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy.

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Taylor Swift scored an 11th non-consecutive week at Number 1

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Taylor Swift Returns To Number 1, Matches Whitney Houston's Record


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Taylor Swift has returned to the top of the American album charts yet again, making her only the second woman in Billboard history to have more than one album that has clocked up ten or more weeks at Number 1.

Her fifth album 1989 racked up equivalent sales of 101,000 in the week ending February 1st, consisting of 71,000 pure album sales, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. It has now spent ten non-consecutive weeks atop the chart, replicating the feat she achieved over 2008-09 with her second album Fearless.

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Taylor Swift has equalled a chart record held by only six other artists

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Maroon 5 Announce Uk Arena Dates Spring 2015

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Maroon 5 Announce UK Arena Dates Spring 2015

Adam Levine, Maroon 5, Jesse Carmichael, Ryan Dusick, Carson Daly and Willie Geist - Maroon 5 perform on the 'Today' show as part of their Toyota Concert Series - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 1st September 2014

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Maroon 5 - 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum - Inglewood, California, United States - Sunday 24th August 2014

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The Verdict On Maroon 5's New Single, 'Maps'


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The wait for new Maroon 5 material is finally over. The band unleashed their brand new single, ‘Maps,’ and it’s the first taste we have from their upcoming album, V, out September 2 via Interscope Records. ‘Maps’ is Maroon 5 like you’ve never seen them before as the group enters uncharted territory with a song that’s bound to reach number one on the radio charts in no time. Produced by the same hit makers that brought you Overexposed’s ‘Payphone,’ ‘Maps’ has that same catchy flare to it featuring Adam Levine’s ever familiar falsetto. It’s a mid-tempo pop jam that never stops hitting, and it’s one of the best tracks we’ve heard from Maroon 5 yet.

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While ‘Maps’ is certainly different, it has an addictive chorus like none other. “All the worse you took came back to me/So I’m following the map that leads to you/The map that leads to you/Ain’t nothing I can do,” Levine croons, and there ain’t nothing you can do about having it stuck in your head all summer. Though the lyrics may speak of heartbreak, Levine says it’s about a little more than just that. “It’s complicated. It’s also kind of not giving up on things too. People go through a lot of things and get stepped on and step on others and we all make mistakes. It’s kind of more about not giving up on something, even though maybe you should,” Levine told Ryan Seacrest about the track on Monday.

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Can Amazon Prime Music Be A Spotify Killer?


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Amazon unveiled their new streaming service last week, much to the surprise of music fans everywhere. Given the name Amazon Prime Music, it’s a service that boasts “unlimited, ad-free streaming” featuring a catalog with well over a million songs.

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However, in a world ruled by the likes of Spotify and Pandora, is there really enough room for one more streaming service? If there is, it needs to do something that none of the competition is doing, and Amazon Prime Music does nothing of the sort. In fact, what was maybe supposed to scare the competition probably didn’t even make them bat an eye, because Amazon Prime Music doesn’t offer anything that you can’t find in something like Spotify -- but is it trying to take them down in the first place?

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Adam Levine's 222 Records Joins Forces With Interscope: Is There A Future For Levine Solo?


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Ever since the release of Maroon 5's 2012 smash hit, Overexposed, the most common criticism given was that it sounds like it might as well be a solo album for frontman Adam Levine. Though pop heavy and unapologetically radio friendly, it didn't stray too far away from what Maroon 5 sounded like their entire career. But as time went on, so did rumors of Levine deciding to go solo and leaving Maroon 5 in the dust. Obviously, with the band's new album, V, scheduled for release on September 2, Levine probably isn't going to go solo anytime soon -- but is it completely out of the question?

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With Maroon 5's new single, 'Maps,' expected to drop any day now, the cries of it possibly sounding like Adam-solo have surfaced once again. But he's never been solo, so how does anyone know what that sounds like in the first place? While we'll have to wait just a little longer to see what the new single is all about, what did come to light was news that Levine's record label, 222 Records, would be partnering with Interscope Records. 222 was founded by Levine in 2012 and includes a roster with the likes of Rozzi Crane, Matthew Morrison, and Tony Lucca. Crane, who is best known for his feature on Maroon 5's Hunger Games track, 'Come Away to the Water,' will be the first new artist to release an album through the partnership. However, before then, the soundtrack to Levine's new movie, Begin Again, will be released through the label on July 1.

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Metallica To Cover 'Wonderwall' At Glastonbury, But What Are The Best Oasis Covers?


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In a similar fashion to the announcement of Jay Z in 2008, metal titans Metallica’s headline slot at the iconic Glastonbury Festival has been met with a wave of criticism and derision from commentators who have deemed the Metallica’s headline position as both a lazy, predictable booking and one that is incompatible with Glastonbury’s demographic. However, whereas criticism towards Jay Z in the vein of what was unleashed by the Gallagher brothers was a scathing attack on hip hop as a genre, laced with a degree of barely concealed racism, Metallica’s backlash largely stems from elsewhere.

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Firstly, this is a band that hasn’t produced an album of any merit for well over a decade and what’s more, considering they were announced long after tickets had sold out, how many of Glastonbury’s middle class bohemians will actually want to watch the band? Metallica have themselves responded to the criticism by announcing they may open their set with a cover of “Wonderwall”, copying Jay Z’s act of protest back in 2008. However, it does appear that Jay Z’s version carried a greater amount of symbolism, given that it was the Gallagher brothers who were the most vocal opponents of his appearance. 

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Maroon 5's Announcements: All You Need To Know


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Maroon 5 fans got a pleasant surprise earlier this week, and for once it didn’t involve anything about ‘The Voice’ or frontman Adam Levine’s dyed hair. In fact, the pop-superstars had a barrage of announcements to make, but let’s start with what is perhaps the biggest one: Maroon 5 will be releasing their new album, V, on September 2.

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So, is V going to be pronounced like the letter V, or the roman numeral for five? Not like it makes a difference in the first place, but this album does happen to be the group’s fifth full-length. It will be following-up 2012’s Overexposed which shot the band to new heights, as it gave them yet another platinum record to add to their collection, and definitely had their most successful singles to date (all four singles reached the top ten on Billboard). Although its been noted that they’ve been in the studio creating album number five, the timing is a bit surprising. Overexposed felt like it had the potential to churn out a few more hits, like ‘Lucky Strike’ and ‘The Man Who Never Lied,’ especially after the melancholy last single, ‘Love Somebody.’ However, we’re certainly not complaining.

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PJ Morton and Maroon 5 - Adam Levine and other members of Maroon 5 meet fans outside their hotel on their way to their concert at The O2... - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 16th January 2014

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Adam Levine and Maroon 5 - Maroon 5 perform live at The O2 as part of their 'Overexposed Tour' - London, United Kingdom - Friday 10th January 2014

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Adam Levine And Behati Prinsloo Plan TWO WEDDINGS In Los Angeles And Namibia


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Not content with marrying a supermodel once, Adam Levine is planning two weddings with fiance Behati Prinsloo, in Los Angeles and her native Namibia.

The Maroon 5 singer and judge on The Voice got engaged to the model in July and the couple have apparently been mulling over where to hold the nuptials.

Of course, Levine probably wants the bash in Los Angeles - where they live - though Behati is keen to return to her native Namibia because it would mean a lot to her parents in Africa. Being the intelligent guy he is, the pop singer used every single one of his brain cells to suggest having...you guessed it pop fans...two ceremonies!

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Maroon 5's Adam Levine Engaged, To Model Behati Prinsloo


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Adam Levine, Maroon 5's lead singer with a talent for romantic lyrics, has got engaged to Behati Prinsloo; a Victoria's Secret underwear model who was born in Namibia. Levine began dating the 24 year-old model in June 2012, after his split from Russian model Anne Vyalitsyna. Over the last year, the couple have had an on-off relationship with Levine just last month being spotted on holiday with Nina Agdal, a Danish Sports Illustrated model. According to Levine's rep informing People magazine, the couple are excited be getting married and adding "The couple recently reunited and Adam proposed this weekend in Los Angeles."

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Adam Levine Engaged To Behati Prinsloo.

Prinsloo in the latest in a long line of beautiful models the 34 year-old 'Moves Like Jagger' singer has dated, including Prinsloo's fellow Victoria's Secret Angel and Russian Sports Illustrated model Anne V who he dated for two years before she ended the romance in a public statement - Levine didn't have any idea he'd been dumped until he read about it.

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Maroon 5 Frontman, Adam Levine, Engaged To Model Behati Prinsloo


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Adam Levine, the frontman of Maroon 5, is engaged to model Behati Prinsloo. The couple have been dating on-and-off since May 2012. According to a statement made by Levine's representative, the 34-year-old proposed to Behati at the weekend.

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Adam Levine at the launch of his fragrance in L.A.

The announcement was made on Tuesday 16th July by Levine's rep. The statement to People magazine said "Adam Levine and his girlfriend Behati Prinsloo are excited to announce they are engaged to be married" 

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IHeartRadio Festival To Welcome Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars And Err, Queen


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Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are among the names confirmed for the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas in September. The two-day festival, set to be held on September 20 and 21, will also feature performances from Elton John, Keith Urban and a special pairing of Queen (with Brian May) and the former American Idol star Adam Lambert.

The main festival line-up was announced on Monday morning (July 15, 2013) in a press conference hosted by Ryan Seacrest. A final schedule will be announced closer to the festival, though Timberlake, Perry, Elton and Bruno Mars are likely to be the marquee names. The likes of Muse, Tiesto, Chris Brown, Fun, Phoenix, Maroon 5, Tim Mcgraw, Ke&ha, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Benassi are other high profile names to have been confirmed. 

Last year's festivals played host to No Doubt, Pink, Usher and Swedish House Mafia though it will be remembered for Billie Joe Armstrong's meltdown during Green Day's set. After smashing the band's instruments in protest of his set being cut short, Armstrong left the stage and was admitted to rehab the next day, cancelling his band's tour dates and promotional appearances. 

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From Miley Cyrus To Muse - There's Something For Everyone In IHeartRadio Festival's Lineup


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Prepare for strangeness, as the iHeart Radio music festival is once again upon us and it comes with an eclectic lineup once again this year. Said lineup has now been announced, and while there won’t be another meltdown from Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong, since the band won’t be performing this year, there are still plenty of names on their for fans of various genres to get excited about.

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Productive as ever, Justin Timberlake will make an appearance.

For anyone who’s following current musical trends, Justin Timberlake and Ke$ha both feature in the lineup, as do J Cole, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, AWOLNATION and even 30 Seconds to Mars – pretty much everyone, who has an album to promote, it would seem. The festivities will once again be based in Las Vegas, taking place over Sept 20 and 21. There are some changes to the festival structure as well, with the addition of the iHeart village, featuring such talent as Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne. The village is actually a brand new festival stage – according to the official website “ On Saturday, September 21, from 10a - 4p, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village takes over a brand-new outdoor venue, The Lot, right on the Strip. ” The full lineup (for both the main stage and the village) is listed below, curtesy of the official iHeart website.

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Maroon 5 and Adam Levine - Maroon 5 performs live as part of the Toyota Concert Series on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza - New York City, NY, United States - Friday 14th June 2013

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Adam Levine Tweets Americans The Definition Of 'Humorless'


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Adam Levine made a half-apology to Americans yesterday for muttering "I hate this country" during the closing credits of The Voice. We say half-apology because the Maroon 5 took to Twitter to post dictionary definitions of the words "humourless," "lighthearted," "joke" and "misunderstand." Hmm.

In fairness to Levine, his remarks really were pretty throw-away and he was obviously upset that two of his three acts had been eliminated from the NBC singing contest - one of them, Judith Hill, had been the favorite for weeks. The pop singer also released a statement through NBC which classifies that he really doesn't hate America. "I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration," Levine said. "Being a part of The Voice, I am passionately invested in my team and want to see my artists succeed."

Levine added that the elimination of two of his acts was "confusing and downright emotion," and that his remarks were based on "personal dissatisfaction with the results," adding, "I am very connected to my artists and know they have long careers ahead, regardless of their outcome on the show."

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Maroon 5 Forced To Pull Out Of U.K. And Ireland Shows


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Maroon 5 were due to undertake a stadium tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, before embarking on a tour-date tour of mainland Europe, over the course of June and July; however the band have recently announced that they have been forced to pull out of the scheduled performances. In a statement on their website, the band cite 'scheduling conflicts' for the rescheduling.

The band were due to perform six dates over the course of June, before heading to Paris and then Amsterdam on July 2 and 3 respectively for a mini-European tour. All eight dates have now been rescheduled to take place in January 2014, with the band telling fans via their official website that any purchased ticket will be valid for the new shows. The group also mentioned that should they prefer to receive a refund instead, they need to return their tickets by no later than June 30.

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Frontman Levine has issued an apology to fans

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Maroon 5 Forced To Reschedule U.K. And Ireland Tour Dates


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Maroon 5 have been forced to pull out of their scheduled summer tour dates in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with the band citing "unforseen scheduling conflicts" as the reason behind the sudden change. The band posted the news on their official website, assuring fans that refunds would be made available and that any tickets already bought will be valid for the rescheduled dates.

The 'Moves Like Jagger' hit-makers were due to perform six dates over the course of June, including two shows at London's O2 Arena and one in Ireland at the Dublin O2 Arena. All six dates have now been moved to January 2014, with the band telling fans that should they prefer a refund they need to return their tickets no later than June 30. Frontman Adam Levine included a message to fans with the website's statement, saying; "We are truly sorry for any inconvenience we have caused our European fans. When we come over in January we will put on a show to remember."

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Maroon 5 have rescheduled their European tour

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Maroon 5 Already Have Some 'Great Songs' Written For Their Next Album


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Maroon 5 are one of those bands that just don't know when to slow down, and the constantly at work boy band are as busy as ever it would seem following the announcement that they are already a few songs into the follow-up to last years Overexposed album. Obviously doing time in the studio isn't unusual for bands, but their progress comes as a surprise given everything else the band have to look forward to, including an upcoming summer tour with Kelly Clarkson and frontman Adam Levine's commitment to The Voice.

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Adam Levine has been a busy man over the past few months, and it looks as though he has no signs of slowing down.

Levine was speaking to the Associated Press recently about the band's on-going commitments, when he was quizzed on the progress of what will be the group's fifth album. He told AP that the album is still in the early stages but they are excited for people to hear to songs nonetheless. He said,"We're just getting started. We've got some great songs in the can."

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Taylor Swift Vs One Direction: Battle Of The Exes Commences At Kids Choice Awards


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This is why they tell you not to date anyone at the office. You have a whirlwind romance, it's all lovey-dovey for about four weeks and then you break up. And suddenly work is a very difficult place to be and everyone else around you feels uncomfortable. It's even more of a challenge when it comes to celebs because being famous is all part of the job and being nominated for awards, while being a privilege, can sometimes bring two foes into one room. That's precisely the case for Taylor Swift and Harry Styles (One Direction) who are both nominated for favorite song at the Kids Choice Awards. Uh-oh!

Swift and Styles dated for a couple of months in what seemed a really intense relationship. They managed to get away on three holidays before breaking up on the third. It would have been a little awkward for them even to be in the same room as one another, but competing for the same award - Yikes! Professionals that they are, we're sure they'll be able to handle it. 

For favorite song, Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is nominated, as is "What Makes You Beautiful". They're both also up for other awards: Swift is up for favorite female artist against stiff competition in the form of Adele, Katy Perry and P!nk. While 1D is also up for favorite group, against Big Time Rush, Bon Jovi and Maroon 5. For Kids Choice Awards, we have a feeling the 5-piece boy band will run away with that one.

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55th Grammys Preview: 'Music's Biggest Night' Wont Fail To Impress


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Annually, the Grammys is one of the biggest events for music across America and in Europe. In fact, it has dubbed itself 'music's biggest night'. Celebrating the best in pop, hiphop, soul, R&B and much of what comes in between, it never fails to be a veritable who's who from the Spotify playlists of the masses. And this year will be no different. Not only are the nominees ones to look out for, absences are worthy of note, as are this year's presenters and some very special performances.

As Yahoo report, this year's presenters include Grammy royalty, Prince, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez, all of whom have been nominated or won Grammys before.  

In terms of performances to look forward to, this year we have some unusual and largely unexpected pair ups. Elton John and Ed Sheeran will take to the stage together. An unusual pairing, they're both Brits with unusual song writing talent. While John is a true showman and is well known for his intereSting outfits and outrageous glasses, Sheeran is distinctly more low key. We're not sure how this is going to work, but we're guessing it'll be great. Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna will all also perform together, as will Alicia Keys and Maroon 5, and Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert. 

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Grammy's Cover-Up Dress Code: Surely Rihanna Was Intended Recipient?


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Is it unfair to assume that Rihanna was the most likely target of the Grammys’ dress code warning email? We’re looking down the list of performers and you know what? We don’t think this email was directed at Jack White. We don’t think it was directed at Alicia Keys. And we really don’t think it was directed at Maroon 5. Deadline.com got hold of the missive, which was emailed out to the ceremony’s live performers and anyone who may appear on camera, instructing them to “be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered.” And reminding them that “thong type costumes are problematic.” And there was some very specific rules about which parts of your breasts may and may not be on display (none of it, basically). And don’t even ask about the rules on the visibility of genitalia.

We’re really struggling to picture Taylor Swift rocking up on stage in a “thong type costume.” Mumford & Sons doing some kind of striptease, mid-song? We can’t see it. We also can’t picture the Preservation Hall Band exposing their butt cracks (unless they drop something, maybe and need to bend down to fetch it). At a push, we can imagine hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa might have his trousers a little low-slung, risking the exposure of some part of his junk, or his trunk but seriously? There’s only one person this email was aimed at and that’s Rihanna, surely?

The 24 year old has a history of stepping out in risky outfits. Remember the semi-see-through striped dress of 2009? The mid-riff display and leather hot-pants from last year’s Grammys (some definite buttock curvature on display there)? The barely-there strapless bra top and equally-barely-there denim cut offs, complete with fishnets that she opted for in Ottawa in 2011? Yep. We reckon that email was intended for Rihanna. Everyone else can just relax. 

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Prince Slams Madonna, Maroon 5 Too; He's Back!


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Prince didn't waste any time in reigniting old feuds. Just days after releasing new material; the single 'Screwdriver', with an all-female trio, the legendary pop icon is speaking about Madonna, again. 

When talking about his old relationship with Warner Brothers, Prince took the opportunity to bring Madge into it. "It was also about Madonna," he says to Billboard. "She was getting paid, but at the time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights. It wasn't about her. This was about business." Following their frankly strange relationship, way back in 1985, and their collaboration on 1988's 'Love Song', the pair have had often aired their dirty laundry in public. "[He] was a little troll," Madge said of Prince said during a 1994 interview, "He was just sipping tea, very daintily. I have this theory about people who don't eat. They annoy me."

And on Maroon 5, who perhaps don't have the same star status as either him or Madonna, Prince has plenty to say.  They included a cover of his song 'Kiss' on their latest album. "I do pay performance royalties on others' songs I perform live, but I'm not recording these songs and putting them up for sale," he says. "Why do we need to hear another cover of a song that someone else did? Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what's already there."

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Adele Named Billboard's Top Artist Of 2012


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Adele has topped off yet another remarkable year by being named Billboard's top artis of 2012, whilst her second album, the hit 21, was named top album of the year in the music magazine's annual review.

The Brit singer, who also won six Grammys in February this year, was also crowned female artist of the year by the magazine too, with Canadian R&B artist Drake taking the male equivalent home. Meanwhile, fellow Brits and former X Factor contestants One Direction rounded off their phenomenally successful year by being named top new artist, but were beaten to the post of top group by Maroon 5.

In the singles department, the magazine deemed that Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know,' Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' and Fun's 'We Are Young' as the top three tracks in that order. Each of the lists are based on chart performance, as well as streaming and social data.

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Mick Jagger Breaks Silence On Maroon 5's 'Moves Like Jagger'


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Mick Jagger has finally broken his silence on the subject of Maroon 5's number one hit 'Moves Like Jagger' and revealed that he didn't get paid anything for his reference in the song.

The Rolling Stones lead vocalist appeared for an interview on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' and, to the viewers' amusement, produced a list entitled: 'Top Ten Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years In Rock 'n' Roll'. On the list was a light-hearted dig at Maroon 5's song 'Moves Like Jagger' featuring Christina Aguilera, the video of which begins with footage of Jagger in his younger years and later shows singer Adam Levine trying out some of the famous dance moves. Jagger had written on his list that he had learned that "You don't earn a cent when someone does a song about having moves like Jagger." The music legend also drew laughs from his other advice which included, "Be considerate of other hotel guests - trash your room by 10 pm" and, "Before shouting 'Hi Seattle!' make sure you're in Seattle."

'Moves Like Jagger' is not the first number one hit that has referenced the star; he has also been mentioned in Ke$ha's 'TiK ToK' ('We kick em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger') and Cher Lloyd's 'Swagger Jagger'. 

Justin Bieber Reminds One Direction Who's The Boss At AMA Awards


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Family Affari: Justin Bieber and his mother Pattie at the AMA Awards in Los Angeles

"The next Justin Bieber" has been a phrase bandied around the music industry for the past couple of years. Who would take the Canadian superstar's pop mantel once he moved onto more mature things? British X Factor stars One Direction have had a phenomenal 12 months and for a short time it looked as though the pop buying masses may be growing a little tired of young Mr Bieber.

The 18-year-old split from his long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez last week, citing their respective working schedules as the reason. Nobody would have blamed Bieber had he decided against attending the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday evening (November 18, 2012), though there he was, a huge smile on his face, his mother by his side. The Canadian took home all three of the major awards, beating Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Drake to be crowned Artist of the Year. He dedicated the win to his mother Pattie Mallette, who was instrumental in getting her son noticed during the early days. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years, but I feel like I am going to be here for a very long time," later adding, "It's hard growing up with everything going on, with everyone watching me. I wanted to say that as as long as you guys keep believing in me, I want to always make you proud." Bieber also won best pop/rock male artist and best pop/rock album for Believe. It was a peculiar awards' evening, with One Direction expected to dominate. They left empty handed after nominations for pop/rock band, pop/rock album and new artist of the year. Carly Rae Jepsen was the surprise winner of the latter award. 

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Girl Power At The 2012 American Music Awards: Nicki Minaj And Rihanna Lead The Way


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Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are expected to clean up at the 2012 American Music Awards, with four nominations apiece, reports Reuters.

Rihanna is top of the table for the main category, as she wards off competition from Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Canadian rapper Drake for artist of the year. She’s also in line for female soul/R&B artist and best album, and will lock horns with Minaj for the female pop/rock artist category. Minaj could be recognized for her album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, in both the pop/rock and rap/hip hop categories this year, and she’s nominated for favorite rap artist, too. Minaj has been attracting extra attention recently; her very public feud with Mariah Carey on American Idol culminated in a strange gun threat, but most seem sure the ‘diva-off’ is being played up by Fox to boost the talent show’s viewership.

Elsewhere in the awards, teenage singer Bieber landed three nominations this year, tying with British boy band One Direction, Maroon 5, Drake and R&B star Usher. Adele and Taylor Swift – who dominated the awards last year - received one nomination apiece. Swift will fight for female country artist against Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, while Adele was nominated in the favorite adult contemporary artist category alongside Kelly Clarkson and Train. The AMA’s - which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year - are determined by fans through online voting, which starts on Tuesday. The ceremony and performance show will be broadcast live from Los Angeles on November 18.


Maroon 5, Overexposed Album Review


Having first been portrayed as an alternative funk band with debut single 'Harder To Breathe', Maroon 5 slotted into a much more mainstream position with following releases 'This Love' and 'She Will Be Loved', a place they maintained since. Now on their forth record, they are about to tour South America, before moving on to Asia and Australia.

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Maroon 5 Friday 29th June 2012 Maroon 5 perform live at Rockefeller Center as part of the 'Today' show's concert series

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Atmosphere and Maroon 5 Friday 1st June 2012 Rock in Rio Lisboa at Parque da Bela Vista - Day 3

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Adam Levine and Maroon 5 - Adam Levine of Maroon 5 Saturday 12th May 2012 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango at The Home Depot Center - Show

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Adam Levine, Gym Class Heroes and Travis Mccoy

Adam Levine and Maroon 5 - Adam Levine of Maroon 5 Wednesday 5th December 2012 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango at The Home Depot Center - Show

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Maroon 5 and Adam Levine Sunday 6th May 2012 Maroon 5's Adam Levine leaves Mustard Cafe after having lunch with friends

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Adam Levine and Maroon 5 - Adam Levine and Maroon 5 Thursday 1st March 2012 Ceasars Entertainment Kicks-Off Escape To Total Rewards at Chicago's Union Station

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Jesse Carmichael, Adam Levine, James Valentine, Maroon 5, Grammy Awards and Grammy - (l-r) Musicians Jesse Carmichael, PJ Morton, Adam Levine, Michael Madden, and James Valentine of 'Maroon 5' Sunday 12th February 2012 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (The Grammys) - 2012 Arrivals held at the Staples Center

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Video - Adam Levine Performing And Kissing His Model Girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna


Maroon 5 perform their recent hit single, Moves Like Jagger, at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armoury in New York. The band's frontman, Adam Levine, follows his model girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna down the catwalk and kisses her on the cheek, much to her delight. At the end of the song, the rest of the band join Adam to bow before making their way off the catwalk.

Maroon 5 rose to fame with their international hit, This Love, taken from their 2005 album, Songs About Jane

Maroon 5, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Album Review


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Adam Levine Reveals The Secret Of Maroon 5's Name To Billy Joel


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Adam Levine, the frontman for Maroon 5, recently broke a pact with the band when he told the singer Billy Joel about the meaning behind the band's name. Until now, only the members of Maroon 5 actually knew the meaning behind the name.

The revelation only came after Joel offered to tell Levine a similar secret. In a recent interview, Levine stated, "I'm a huge Billy Joel fan. I was having dinner at Nobu in New York, and I ran into Jay-Z, who I'd just met, and he introduced me to Billy. I had to ask him, 'What do you say in the sax solo in Still Rock And Roll?, because I thought he said, 'All right, Rico.' He was astonished. He took a second and said, 'All right, Rico.'"

It was this secret that led to Levine disclosing the reason behind the band's name. He continued on to explain "Later he came over and asked, 'Where'd you get the name?' It's the stupidest, s**tiest story you've ever heard, but I had to tell him." 

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