ABC/Lou RoccoDespite the success of her album Bangerz, Miley Cyrus was totally shocked when she found out she was nominated for a Grammy.
“I thought it was a joke,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “My friend was in my room and said, 'Hey! You just got nominated for a Grammy,' and I was like, ‘You're kidding… there’s no way.’ I Googled and I was like, 'Oh yeah! I am, I actually am!'”
She doesn’t put much stock in winning, though. “I'm pretty mellow with that kind of stuff,” she said. “I'm not a pessimist but I'm just saying I won't be crying myself to sleep if I don't win a Grammy. You know?”
The 22-year-old is likely too preoccupied working on a follow-up to Bangerz. She told ET she’s in the studio every single day. She wants to get new material out as soon as possible, but it’s been tougher than she expected. “Just when I think I have my record done, something new happens where I want to write about it,” Miley said. “I just, I don't know what I want to go out there.”
The “Wrecking Ball” singer is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys this year.
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Credit: Eliot Lee HazelImagine Dragons will be giving flight to their new album. The band has teamed up Southwest Airlines for the Destination Dragons promotion, which gives fans a chance to win tickets to intimate club dates with Imagine Dragons and to "Live at 35" -- a special in-flight performance taking place at 35,000 feet during a flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, Georgia.
Beginning February 3, fans can enter to win a grand prize package including travel to Las Vegas to attend the Imagine Dragons show on February 23, prime seating on the "Live at 35" flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta, VIP tickets to the Atlanta show on February 25, plus a meet-and-greet with the band. The promo will run through February 16 via www.southwest.com/DestinationDragonspromo.
"We can think of no better way to unveil our new album than to travel together with our fans at 35,000 feet, and to play in the same clubs where we started this journey," says Imagine Dragons in a statement.
Additional club shows will occur February 20 in Los Angeles and February 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Imagine Dragons' new album, Smoke + Mirrors, will be released on February 17.
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Jen Rosenstein/Atlantic RecordsJason Mraz has added more dates to his ongoing YES! world tour. The new dates kick off March 9 in Ames, Iowa and continue with shows throughout the month in Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California.
The run of intimate U.S. shows will be followed by two special concerts in Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong, China.
As previously announced, Jason will make stops next month in England, The Netherlands, Scotland, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, and South Africa. The singer/songwriter began his YES! tour in 2014 with the intent of performing at smaller venues across the globe. He’s expected to announce even more dates soon.
The fan pre-sale for the new string of U.S. shows begins February 3. Here are the dates for February and March:
2/4 -- Plymouth, ENG, Plymouth Pavilions
2/6 -- Amsterdam, NL, Ziggo Dome
2/8 -- London, ENG, Eventim Apollo
2/11 -- Glasgow, SCO, Royal Concert Hall
2/14 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall (SOLD OUT)
2/15 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theatre (SOLD OUT)
2/16 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
2/18 -- Miami, FL, Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center
2/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theatre at the Times-Union Center
2/20 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
2/22 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC
2/26 -- Johannesburg, SA, The Teatro at Montecasino
2/27 -- Johannesburg, SA, The Teatro at Montecasino
3/1 -- Cape Town, SA, Grand Arena at Grandwest
3/9 -- Ames, IA, Stephens Auditorium
3/10 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre
3/12 -- Denver, CO, Bellco Theatre
3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall
3/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3/15 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
3/17 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
3/21 -- Bangkok, TH, Impact Arena
3/27 -- Hong Kong, CH, Asia World Expo Arena
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Nick WalkerIn a move that could have far-reaching implications for past, present and future American Idol contestants, American Idol season 11 winner Phillip Phillips has filed a major lawsuit against show producer 19 Entertainment and its affiliated companies, claiming he was “manipulated” into accepting jobs since winning the competition series.
Phillip filed his petition with the California Labor Commissioner on January 22, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His post-Idol allegations include being forced to perform for free to promote JetBlue, one of American Idol’s sponsors. He also claimed he didn't even know the title of his last album before it was announced publicly. Phillip’s lawyer described the singer's agreements with 19 as “oppressive, fatally conflicted.” The 24-year-old is seeking to void all contracts with the production company.
"I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on American Idol," Phillip said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans."
At the heart of the lawsuit is the Talent Agencies Act, a California law that states only licensed talent agents can procure employment for clients. Phillip is hoping to show that 19 Entertainment violated the TAA by lining up gigs for him, despite not being a licensed talent agent.
Phillip's season 11 coronation song, “Home,” became the best-selling coronation song in the show’s history. His debut album, The World from the Side of the Moon, was released in 2012, and his second album, Behind the Light, came out last spring.
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