MUSIC NEWSLast Update on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:05 AM EDT
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Katy Perry On John Mayer And Ex-Husband Russell Brand
Katy Perry says John Mayer has a "beautiful mind" — but a "tortured soul." Perry dishes to Vogue magazine about two of her high profile relationships, including that with fellow singer Mayer. The two have had an off and on relationship. But Perry says she "was madly in love with him" and still is. As for her ex-husband, comedian Russell Brand, Perry says she was in love with him when they married in 2010. But she says she hasn't heard from Brand since he texted her on New Year's Eve of 2011 to say he wanted a divorce. Perry says she used to blame herself for the breakup until she found out what she calls the truth of the matter. She didn't elaborate on that in the Vogue interview.
Shakira didn't play favorites on "The Voice" last night. She had a "Go Okies" pennant for the Swon Brothers, dark-rimmed glasses for Michelle Chamuel and a cowboy hat for Danielle Bradbery. Adam Levine and Usher congratulated The Swon Brothers for their version of "I Can't Tell You Why." However, the Swons blew the lyrics to "Danny's Song." Shakira says Chamuel's energy is "crazy" and "contagious," and Usher says Chamuel can't have that many relatives in the audience with all the screaming. Levine says Bradbery is so good her "perfection is almost kind of boring at this point." Blake Shelton says he's one of the millions of people Bradbery has wrapped around her finger. The winner will be announced tonight.
Kanye West: Kim Kardashian's Mom Confirms Birth Of Baby
It seems just about everything else they do is for the TV cameras. So it should be no surprise that when Kim Kardashian gave birth to Kanye West's child over the weekend, it was a Kardashian who went before a TV camera to confirm the news. Kris Jenner told E! on Sunday night her daughter had given birth and that she was "extremely happy and thrilled." She adds the new mom is "doing great." Jenner was a presenter at the awards show — and after speaking to the TV cameras, was asked by print reporters about news that Kim had given birth. Jenner deferred to her publicist, who pulled her away.
Jackson Family Witness Says AEG Live Created Conflict By Hiring Doctor
An expert witness says AEG Live created a conflict of interest by negotiating terms of its deal with Dr. Conrad Murray, the cardiologist who treated Michael Jackson. David Berman used to be head of Capitol Records and held high-level positions at other record companies — and was hired to testify by attorneys for Jackson's mom. Berman told the jury it was "highly unusual" and "highly inappropriate" for a concert company to hire a doctor for a performer. Berman says after looking at documents related to the case, he believed AEG Live thought it controlled Dr. Murray. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's 1999 death. The family is suing AEG, claiming it failed to investigate Murray before having him treat Jackson. AEG denies it hired Murray.
Cyndi Lauper's, Motown's Broadway Show Gets Tony Bounce
Cyndi Lauper's Broadway show has won Tony Awards — and is now reaping benefits at the box office. The Broadway League reports "Kinky Boots" took in nearly $1.5 million dollars last week — an increase of more than $62,000. The show, featuring Lauper's songs, won best musical at the Tonys a week ago Sunday. Also making box office gains: "Motown the Musical." It didn't win a Tony, but got a lot of air time during the broadcast with a medley of Michael Jackson hits. Last week it posted its best box office take ever.
Former Elvis Co-Star Recalls On-Screen Kisses
You'd hardly blame former actress Dolores Hart if she messed up kissing Elvis Presley on purpose so she could do it again, but that wasn't the case. Hart was Presley's first on-screen kiss in "Loving You." She also had to kiss Presley in "Love Me Tender," and on the first take the director yelled "cut" because Hart's ears were turning red. In the second take, he yelled "cut" again -- because Presley's ears were turning red. Where has Hart been lately? At an abbey in Bethlehem, Connecticut. She's now a nun known as Mother Dolores Hart. She says she doesn't regret leaving Hollywood, but she may still change her mind about that. Hart writes about her life in the new book "The Ear of the Heart."
Andrew W.k. Tries To Set Drumming Record
Andrew W.K. is going to start drumming tomorrow and not stop for a solid day. He's attempting to set the world record for the longest drum session in a retail store, as part of MTV's O Music Awards. Questlove from The Roots and other special guests will drop in as Andrew tries to set the record in an Oakley store in New York's Times Square. Andrew says he realized playing drums for a few hours would be challenging, but playing for 24 hours means, in his words, he is "calling upon all on the positive party power I can summon from above and below." Tomorrow's O Music Awards honor music, culture and technology.
Slipknot's Corey Taylor Writes About Ghosts
Corey Taylor of Slipknot is writing a book of ghost stories. It's called "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven ." It's a nonfiction account of Taylor tagging along with different ghostbusting groups as they try to find evidence of the existence of ghosts. Taylor also tells his own stories of encounters with the supernatural. The book will come out July 16.
Rob Zombie Plans Halloween Haunted House And Music Festival
Rob Zombie already is thinking about Halloween. He will create the "Great American Nightmare" in Pomona, California, October 10 through November 2, based on his three horror films. The section based on "House of 1,000 Corpses" will be a traditional yet extreme haunted house that includes confrontation with notorious serial killers. The part based on "El Superbeasto" will have unusual 3D effects. The one based on "The Lords of Salem" will include a claustrophobic maze. Andrew W.K., The Used, Reel Big Fish and Kottonmouth Kings will be among the acts who will play live at some point. Zombie promises, "No one will walk away disappointed."
Hank Williams Jr. Will Sell Album Through Napa Auto Parts
Pretty soon you'll be able to walk into Napa Auto Parts and buy a set of wrenches, a fan belt and the new CD by Hank Williams Junior. Williams will sell his newest album, "Old School New Rules," at Napa Auto Parts starting later this month. It's the first time the store has sold music. Williams says the move makes sense because Napa customers are his fans.
Nine Days Return
The band that had a top-10 hit in 2000 with "Absolutely " is reuniting. Nine Days are in the studio making a new album for release in the fall. Singer John Hampson says the new record has an Americana sound to it. He says he and bandmate Brian Desveaux had been doing the singer-songwriter thing but are happy to focus on the band again.
Barbra Streisand Addresses Women's Issues In Israel
Barbra Streisand has never been one to hold her tongue. So it's no surprise she weighed in on one of the touchiest issues in Judaism during her visit to Israel. She took on religious practices that separate men and women. She said it was "distressing" to read about Israeli women being forced to sit in the back of a bus — or women having metal chairs thrown at them when they pray at Western Wall in Jerusalem. While denouncing the cases of ultra-Orthodox Jews targeting women, Streisand also noted it's hard to "fully grasp the dynamics of what happens in a foreign land."
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