(RTTNews) -Taylor Swift has raised $750,000 off of ticket sales alone from her Speak Now world tour for tornado relief efforts.
The crossover star recently opened a dress rehearsal to the public and all ticket sales went directly to the cause. She told the crowd in attendance that once she saw the news and all of those people losing their homes, she had to do something.
"I felt like if it was possible to help them in any way, we should do it," she told the crowd at her May 21 Nashville concert at the Bridgestone Arena. "I cannot tell you what a difference you are making in the lives of our loved ones in the Southeast."
Swift also plans on donating sales from her merchandise to the relief efforts as well, though those figures have not been counted yet. She also donated a red souvenir t-shirt to everyone in attendance at the Nashville concert.
As you On The Teen Beat readers know, Big Time has been overseas promoting their music and hit TV show. Watch the clip of the guys performance of "Boyfriend" at the recent Viva Comet Awards held in Germany.
Before the show James tweeted:
"VIVA Comet Awards tonight! I’m a little nervous but more excited! Tune in to watch us perform Boyfriend! Xoxo, JM"
"good morning! headed to the venue to get ready and rehearse for tonight! Viva Comet Awards! Excited and hope to see you German fans there!"
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez share a romantic kiss in a tropical garden in Maui, Hawaii. The Hollywood power couple were all smiles as they took a walk through lush tropical gardens at the Hyatt Regency Ka'anapali. Justin is visiting Maui with Ms. Gomez, taking a much needed break from his 'Never Say Never' world tour. They were spotted jet skiing and parasailing earlier in the day. Later they went to Lahaina and were spotted shopping and dining along the Historic Front Street.
Rapper Footy Scent raps about a new fashion trend in "Socks with Sandals," Reynaldo Rivera teaches Spanish in an unconventional way in "Spanish with Reynaldo" and Jack Sparrow ventures outside the nest in "Jack Sparrow." The cast performs these skits and more in an all new episode of "So Random!," airingSUNDAY, JUNE 12 (9:00- 9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
The episode includes a special appearance by Greyson Chance performing his song "Waiting Outside the Lines."
Starring are Tiffany Thornton as Tawni Hart, Sterling Knight as Chad Dylan Cooper, Brandon Mychal Smith as Nico Harris, Doug Brochu as Grady Mitchell, and Allisyn Ashley Arm as Zora Lancaster.
Bringing an end to her busy evening, Victoria Justice was spotted outside the Avalon Theater in Los Angeles last night (May 26).
The beautiful brunette was all smiles after performing a live concert for her hit television show “Victorious” hours earlier.
Miss Justice recently chatted with Ryan Seacrest about the upcoming crossover episode of “iCarly” and “Victorious” called “iParty with Victorious.”
“I am dating Stephen, and Miranda Cosgrove’s character Carly is dating the same guy, and she finds out that he is cheating on her and we meet up at this party and plan this revenge to get back at him — so there’s a lot of girl power.”
Source: Celebrity Gossip
And... check out the new music video by the Victorious cast featuring lead, Victoria performing "Best Friend's Brother." What do you think?
Mindless Behavior are keeping the jams coming! On the heels of their debut single - the BET Award nominee "My Girl" - and the mega smash remix featuring Tyga, Lil Twist and Ciara, the boys are back with a new single "Mrs. Right," available now on iTunes!
The talented and stylish teens of Mindless Behavior, Prodigy, Princeton, Roc Royal and Ray Ray, are on a worldwide quest to find girls fly enough to make their hearts sing in the new track. Hear "Mrs. Right" in this behind the scenes clip from MB's photo shoot for the cover of their forthcoming debut album, #1 Girl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-uw4uHAKUQ
Demi Lovato has tweeted recently that her new single will be coming out sooner than expected. Last year before she went to seek treatment, Demi started recording. Shortly after she got out earlier this year, she headed back to the studio. Which meant that many predicted it would be a good while before her new single would come out. Here is what Demi tweeted about her upcoming single.
Guess what……….my single may be coming out SOONER than you think……..:D
This is fabulous news for Demi! I wonder if she is sticking to the r&b sound she was aiming for before she sought help? I cannot wait for more details to come out. I think everybody is waiting to find out more about her next album.
Country singer Taylor Swift often finds song-writing inspiration in bizarre places, and once wrote a tune in an airport bathroom.
The Love Story hitmaker, who pens most of her own hits, admits when an idea for a melody strikes, she scrambles to jot it down - no matter where she is.
She tells MTV, "The weirdest place I have ever written a song is probably in an airport, and I got an idea so fast that I had to run to the bathroom at the airport, grab a paper towel and write lyrics on the paper towel. I still have it. I still have it in a box in my room."
Fourteen year old Aussie singer Cody Simpson and heartthrobs Big Time Rush aren't just great singers, they've also got big hearts! Last Friday Cody and the guys from BTR performed at the City of Hope concert at Universal Studios, in Hollywood! They each sang before The Spirit of Life Awards were presented. Also on the bill was another one of our faves--the Jonas Bros, lucky audience!
Cody Simpson: On Your Mind (And Everyone Else’s)! An Exclusive Interview Part 1!
By Anne M. Raso
We recently caught up with Atlantic Records’ Aussie teen buzz boy Cody Simpson at both his New York shows (Gramercy Theater and Irving Plaza) and got to see him in action, both onstage and during soundcheck, where we hung out and chatted. Cody is a mellow guy who meets and greets every fan after a show (even if the numbers are in the thousands) and we recently talked to him about future plans, his talented family (including sister Alli who is actually working with Cody’s director-road manager Trey on an acting projects) and what he loves about what he does!
Q: Hi Cody—nice to see you again. First thing off the bat is tell us if there is a single coming out and when they have slated the album for.
Cody: My album will be out this year and my best guess will be September. The single is “On My Mind” and it is exclusively at codysipson.com for the next two weeks and then it is going to be out on iTunes. That song is the first song off the album and it is my favorite song that I have ever done…yeah. It is a song about when you have met a girl many, many times but then you finally realize that you are always thinking about her—that she is always on your mind.
Q: Well, that is a classic theme. Do they have the second single picked out already?
Cody: We have a few contenders for the next single but we have not gotten anything finalized yet.
Q: I assume that this tour you are on now will go all through the summer…are you booked all the way up through Labor Day?
Cody: No, right now, just end of May.
Q: And then what do you do?
Cody: Then I go to Australia—I do an eight-day tour of Australia. I do shows and promo stuff there. And then I go to Canada. I am seeing all different parts of the world.
Q: Very cool. Your dad told me last night that these days you really live in Studio City, California now. Do you get to go back to Australia enough?
Cody: We go about twice a year. I went back in October and now I go back end of May. We will be back at the end of the year as well. I am just very busy touring around here (the US) and going to other places but when we are in Australia we like to make sure that the family gets to see us.
Q: I know your dad works with you in a management capacity. Does anyone else in your family work with you—like your mom? And I saw your sister at the show last night at Irving Plaza…
Cody: No…my dad had lots on his back when I was first starting out but now we have a big team with us. He has a lot off his back now and is having a good time. My mom just looks after me on a personal level and just does what moms do I guess. (Laughs.) My sister is getting into acting and is working with my road manager Trey here. He has been a director for a while and is going to work with my sister on a few things. My little brother Tom is having fun—he gets to go to the theme parks when we are on tour and do shows there. (Laughs.)
Q: It must be nice to go to the front of the line! So Trey is a director?
Cody: Yes, he has directed shows for the Disney Channel and says he is happy to be working with my sister on a project.
Q: I did not know your sister Alli was a performer.
Cody: Yes, but let me clear up that she is an actress and not a singer.
Q: I saw her last night and she is pretty. I did not know she was an actress. What has she done?
Cody: She has not done anything that you have heard about. I guess you can say that she is aspiring. They are still getting tings set for her management-wise right now. You will probably here more from her in the future.
Q: So you think she is going to do a Disney Channel show?
Cody: I can’t say what channel it is going to be but she is definitely going to do some acting—I am not sure where, though.
On the Teen Beat writer, Anne Raso poses backstage with Cody.
Check back for Part 2 of our exclusive interview coming soon!
Greyson Chance announced yesterday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that his debut album, “Hold On ‘Til the Night,” will be released on 8/2 via eleveneleven/Maverick/Geffen Records! The majority of the album was written by Greyson and recorded over the past year in Los Angeles, where the young star worked with all-star producers including The Matrix (Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne, Jason Mraz, Britney Spears), Billy Steinberg (Enrique Iglesias, Katherine McPhee, Miranda Cosgrove) and Ron Fair (Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas)."Recording this album has been such a fun and exciting journey!” said Greyson. “I've put so much hard work into it and I can't wait for the world to hear it. It's about overcoming fears but always powering through, and I think it's a message my fans will really relate to," he added.
During his appearance Ellen's show, Greyson gave a heartfelt performance of his second single, “Unfriend You,”available now on iTunes and digital retailers.
Greyson recently wrapped a 28-city North American tour with fellow teen pop star Cody Simpson, earning rave reviews. This is Chance’s second major tour, having completed a run with “iCarly” star Miranda Cosgrove in the winter. Greyson’s debut single “Waiting Outside the Lines” was recently the #1 physical single in the country for four straight weeks and
check out Disney Channel's So Random (formerly Sonny with a Chance) for a special performance by Greyson Chance, airing June 12!
Kung Fu Panda 2, starring Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Seth Rogan, Dustin Hoffman and David Cross, opens in theaters Thursday, May 26. The animated comedy follows Po and his friends as their home and way of life is threatened by a villain who plans to destroy kung fu and take over China by using a mysterious weapon. Po and his friends must find the strength to stop the villain and save their country.
The T.J. Martell Foundation is proud to announce that it is working with online auction experts, CharityFolks.com, to offer bidders rare access to their favorite artists at the 12th Annual Family Day. Up for auction are unforgettable experiences, like introducing Big Time Rush on stage with the band; having a private meet & greet and photo opportunity with Allstar Weekend; and checking out all four artists "up close" during their private soundcheck!
This year's Family Day on Sunday, June 5th at Roseland Ballroom will honor Big Time Rush for their tremendous support of numerous charitable causes and their management team, Ozone Entertainment. Big TimeRushare stars of the hit Nickelodeon TV series of the same name and have a top selling self-titled CD on Columbia Records. Supporting Big Time Rush will be special guests We The Kings, Allstar Weekend and The Ready Set. In addition to the online auction, Family Day will also host a silent auction that will feature amazing, one-of-a-kind celebrity auction items including two VIP tickets and backstage passes to the U2 concert at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, TN on July 2nd, 2011.
Nickelodeon orders a third season of the hit live-action comedyBig Time Rush, it was announced today by Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon’s President, Development and Original Programming. The series, created by Scott Fellows and produced in partnership with Sony Music, chronicles the adventures and misadventures of four best friends from Minnesota who move to Los Angeles and trade in their hockey sticks and parkas for a chance at music stardom. Starring Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena and Logan Henderson,Big Time Rush will commence production on 20 episodes January 2012.
Nickelodeon will premiere the music video for Big Time Rush’s new single “Worldwide,” off the group’s RIAA Gold-certified debut albumBTR (Columbia Records), on June 18. Continuing to entertain fans around the globe with their music, Big Time Rush will embark on a tour this summer, making appearances across the U.S. and in Europe. In addition, they will head back into the studio to record their second full-length album due out later this year.
“Big Time Rush’s success both on and off screen is a true testament to the chemistry between the boys,” said Cohn. “Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan have connected with fans around the world and we are excited to bring even more music and comedic adventures to our audience.”
World-famous British pop sensation Jessie J was at Planet Hollywood Times Square on Thursday, May 19th. She celebrated the success of her platinum selling debut album Who You Are, with a handprint ceremony inthe restaurant's main dining room.
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Taylor Swift is set to premiere her new music video for "The Story of Us" on Tuesday at 7:53 p.m. ET when she sits down with MTV News' Sway for "MTV First: Taylor Swift." Until then, we are looking back at some of our favorite moments with the country pop star. Back in 2008, Swift worked for MTV at the VMA pre-show as our fashion correspondent, where she interviewed some of the biggest names in the business about their sense of style on the red carpet. She also happened to be nominated that night, but it wasn't until the following year that she finally took home a Moonman.Read more »
Nickelodeon announced today a 20-episode pick-up of How To Rock, a new live-action comedy series featuring original music and starring multi-talented recording artist, Cymphonique Miller. The series builds on the network's successful slate of original live-action programming, joining the stable of hit music-themed shows Victorious and Big Time Rush. Set to premiere in 2012, How To Rock centers on Kacey Simon (Cymphonique), a talented teenager who takes her pop/hip-hop band to new heights as their lead singer. How to Rock, produced by Nickelodeon in association with Alloy Entertainment, is slated to begin production this summer in Los Angeles.
"Cymphonique is an extraordinarily talented 14-year-old who has already established herself as an actress, singer and dancer, while remaining an honor student," said Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon's President, Development and Original Programming. "How To Rock is the perfect showcase for her comedic and musical skills, and we know our audience will love watching Kacey figure out how to temper her mad ambition and learn to become a good friend and bandmate."
After a fall from grace from the perfect and popular group at high school, Kacey Simon forges unlikely friendships with the members of the band Gravity featuring Stevie (Lulu Antariksa), Zander (Max Schneider) and Nelson (Noah Crawford). As lead singer, Kacey takes Gravity's musical success to new heights while igniting a musical rivalry with The Perfs featuring her former best friends and fellow performers, Molly (Samantha Boscarino) and Grace (Halston Sage).
Three times the laughs and three times the fun are packed intoiCarly: The I <3 iCarly Collection! Join Carly and her friends as they journey to outer space, prepare for an exhibition match against a teen fighting champion and uncover secret kisses and crushes. This three-disc DVD includes fan favorite episodes and specials from Season 2 and Season 3 of iCarly. Nickelodeon’s groundbreaking hit live-action series starsMiranda Cosgrove as Carly, the host of an incredibly popular teen web show. iCarlyrecently picked up two blimps at the Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards for “Favorite TV Show” and “Favorite TV Sidekick.” Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment, and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, iCarly: The I<3 iCarly Collectioncomes out on DVD July 19, 2011, for the suggested retail price of $24.99.
iCarly: The I <3 iCarly CollectionEpisode Synopses:
iCarly: iSpace Out
An eccentric billionaire asks theiCarly gang to perform the first live web show from outer space and they must go through a series of tests to make sure they’re fit for space travel. Back at the loft, a mysterious little girl visits Spencer.
iWas a Pageant Girl
Sam reveals she used to compete in pageants and convinces Carly to compete against her long-time rival in the Miss Teen Seattle pageant.
When Gibby discovers Freddie and his girlfriend in a compromising position, he vows revenge and challenges Freddie to a fight. Meanwhile, Spencer’s art career really takes off when the local paper incorrectly reports his death.
iFix a Popstar
When Carly, Sam and Freddie agree to make a music video for a pop star who’s trying to make a comeback, they discover that the pop star is out of shape and untalented. Meanwhile, Spencer has trouble dating a woman when he discovers she’s Gibby’s mom.
iWon’t Cancel the Show
When Sam ends up in jail, Carly and Freddie vow that the web show must go on. They try to enlist Spencer’s help at the last minute, but he has a date he can’t cancel.
iBelieve in Bigfoot
Carly believes Bigfoot exists and convinces her friends to embark on a search to prove it.
iCarly: iSaved Your Life
iSaved Your Life (Extended Director’s Cut)
When Freddie saves Carly’s life, Carly falls in love with him. Meanwhile, Sam and Spencer compete against each other in a paintball game called Assassin.
Carly and Sam become crazy competitive when helping two aspiring filmmakers in a video contest and end up questioning their friendship.
iThink They Kissed
When Sam accidentally reveals to Carly that she and Freddie shared a secret kiss, Carly confronts them both about why they never told her. Meanwhile, Spencer goes to prison to teach an art class to convicts.
Freddie tries to prove that Melanie, Sam’s twin sister, is just Sam in disguise. Meanwhile, when Carly tutors Spencer’s nemesis, Chuck, Spencer tries to convince her that Chuck is evil.
Fed up with his mother constantly treating him like a baby, Freddie decides to move into his own place. Meanwhile, the gang starts a successful pet photography business and ends up in a feud with a rival studio.
iCarly: iFight Shelby Marx
iFight Shelby Marx
Things get insane when Shelby Marx, the best female fighter in the world, challenges Carly to an exhibition match.
iDate A Bad Boy
Carly starts dating a new guy with a bad-boy rep and soon discovers a shocking secret about him.
Carly, Sam and Freddie find some look-alikes to trick Spencer so they can sneak out to a mixed martial arts fight.
It’s the first ever iCarly Awards! Carly, Sam and Freddie honor the top ten videos sent in to iCarly.com over the past year.