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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015


Kelly Clarkson knows being a mom can bring a whole lot of fears.

But one thing she never ever worries about is whether or not her daughter River Rose is a lesbian.

"Oh, I don't care," she told PrideSource this week while promoting her album Piece by Piece. "I mean, here's what I hope for her: I just hope she finds love. It took me a while, man and there was a lot of heartache throughout those years."

She added, "You know, as long as she's happy, I don't care either way, and neither does my husband. And we have two other kids as well, and we don't care either way for all of them."

When asked what she would tell her children including her "magical unicorn" River if they came out, Clarkson already has a chill answer ready to go.

"I'd be like, ‘Awesome! When do we meet him or her?'" she said. "Honestly, it's so funny, it doesn't even register in my world as different. I don't know why. But yeah, it doesn't.  I'm glad it doesn't."

Clarkson realized early on in her career that she was loved by the LGBT community.

During her first tour in support of the Breakaway album, the American Idol alumna recalled a woman introducing herself as "a Kezbo" or a lesbian fan.  Plus, she's totally been to more than a few gay bars over the years where she had a "blast."

And although she was raised as a Southern Baptist, Clarkson remains a huge supporter of LGBT rights. In fact, her video for "Heartbeat Song" features a gay couple who gets engaged while filming.

"I think it's silly that we're still talking about gay rights. I just live in this world where people are accepted, so it's very hard for me to even realize that that still exists," she explained. "That [gay couple] was a no-brainer, and I didn't even think, ‘Oh, I'm making a statement for gay rights.' I was making a statement for the loss of love and the hope that you can still find it, regardless of what form that comes in."

She added, "Love is love in whatever relationship it may be in." 



Isn't there always more than what meets the eye?

The artist who painted the official White House portrait of President Bill Clinton just revealed a major secret about his work. Turns out he totally included a reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

"If you look at the left-hand side of it, there's a mantel in the Oval Office," Nelson Shanksrevealed to the Philadelphia Daily News. "I put a shadow coming into the painting, and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there."

He added, "It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him."

As we all remember, Clinton had an affair with the White House intern which led to his impeachment in 1998. It's one of the reasons Shanks had such a difficult time capturing his image during the job.

"The reality is he's probably the most famous liar of all time. He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting."

So does Mr. and Mrs. Clinton know about this special meaning? You bet and they're not exactly fans.

According to Shanks, both the President and former First Lady "hate the portrait" and "want it removed" from the National Portrait Gallery. A spokesperson told the publication, however, that they have not received any pressure from the political couple.

This isn't the first time Shanks has made news for his portrait.

When the photo was first released in 2006, some critics voiced their disapproval that a wedding ring was missing from the President's hand. Shanks has yet to explain that little element. 



Jessica Simpson can move mountains with her beauty—well, almost.

The singer (and mama-of-two) is looking better than ever in behind-the-scenes footage from her Jessica Simpson Collection spring-summer 2015campaign shoot, and it's not just the scenery that will take your breath away.

Simpson's campaign was shot in Sedona, Arizona by famed photographer Gilles Bensimon, while Jessica enlisted mom Tina to help her with styling duties. The vid also shows Jessica's hubby Eric Johnson on set—she gives him a sweet smooch in between takes.



In a video quickly going viral, six-month-old Rosie finds herself a little agitated while laying on her blanket.

But once "Blank Space" comes on in the background, the baby stops crying almost immediately. It's like magic! "THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN," Swift wrote on Twitter with a link to the YouTube clip.

And yes, all caps were necessary for that tweet. After all, there really is no age limit when it comes to being a Swiftie.

While the 25-year-old singer may find babies too cute for words, the "Shake It Off" crooner also holds a very soft spot in her heart for a few other small creatures. Yes, we're talking about those four-legged cats.

In a recent interview, Swift poked fun at her love for the pets by predicting she'll be a total cat lady by aged 30.

"In five years' time, she'll be so afraid of everything, she doesn't leave her house," Swift joked to The Telegraph when trying to predict her future. "She's just surrounded by cats. So many cats, they've divided themselves up into armies and she wanders around lint-rolling the couch that no one's going to sit on because she's afraid to have people over…" LOL!

In her defense, she seems perfectly content with Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey by her side. Two isn't a big deal, right?



Well, this certainly won't put a stop to those recent romance rumors.

For nearly two months, tabloids have been speculating that Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprioare hooking up after having been spotted together on numerous occasions. And despite the fact they're both incredibly famous, they had yet to be photographed together...until now.

The "Diamonds" beauty and the Wolf of Wall Street star were snapped together in the wee hours of Feb. 21, at the 27 year old's birthday bash, where they two were spotted getting cozy among fellow party-goers. 

The grainy image, which was taken inside the soiree, sees the two standing side-by-side—Leo with his scruffy beard and RiRi in a sexy dress—while they light what appear to be hand-rolled cigarettes. 

According to an eyewitness, the pair was seen kissing, touching and dancing with each other at the private party, which took place at James Goldstein's mansion in Beverly Hills. Another source adds that RiRi and Leo were indeed coupled up with a third noting that the Rihanna "was having a lot of fun and the mood was happy." 

Additional celebs at the star-studded bash included BeyoncéJay ZNaomi Campbell, Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, models Angela Martini and Alicia Rountree and Sir Mick Jagger, who was spotted on the dance floor.

The following evening Richie Akiva, who is pals with both Leo and RiRi and is the owner of 1OAK, threw a second bash for the singer at the hotspot.





Yes, we will wait for this!

Just when you thought Mumford & Sons was done making music, the British rock band has delivered a huge surprise. The Grammy-winning group is set to release their third album with twelve new songs on May 4.

"When we took a break, we knew it wasn't going to involve acoustic instruments," band member Marcus Mumford said in a release to E! News. "We didn't say: ‘No acoustic instruments.' But I think all of us had this desire to shake it up."

He added, "The songwriting hasn't changed drastically; it was led more by a desire to not do the same thing again. Plus, we fell back in love with drums! It's as simple as that."

This will mark the band's first album since Babel was released in 2012. Fans may remember the smash hit "I Will Wait" from the disc.

The status of Mumford & Sons' future has been up in the air for several months. Although Winston Marshall made certain comments to Vulture suggesting the group had broken up, fans were put at ease briefly with further clarification.

"I can confirm that he was joking, as he was about catering the party," a rep told E! News. "The band has not broken up." 

Another hurdle the band faced was when bassist Ted Dwane underwent emergency surgery for a blood clot in his brain. As a result, the group announced a full-on hiatus "for the foreseeable future" in September 2013.

Breaks aside, the guys believe fans won't be disappointed with what they hear in the coming months.

"It felt completely natural, though," Ben Lovett said about the upcoming album. "Like it did when we started out… We chose instruments that played well off each other, rather than consciously trying to overhaul it." 



The royal baby bump is a growing!

Kate Middleton stepped out in London today looking gorgeous while flaunting her burgeoning belly.

The 33-year-old royal's maternity style was on point Monday during a lunch date at The Goring Hotel in Victoria. The brunette beauty looked ravishing in a colorful floral dress and matching purple heels with a clutch. Upon leaving the hotel's 105th anniversary celebration, Kate gave fans an up close look at her royal baby bump.

Kate is expected to give birth to her second child in April.





Carly Rae Jepsen is no one-hit-wonder!

Three years after the singer shot to superstardom with "Call Me Maybe," Jepsen returned to the music scene yesterday when she released the first single from her upcoming third album, "I Really Like You." It shot to the top of the iTunes charts, and Jepsen performed the song onGood Morning America Monday.

Per Jepsen's Instagram, the music video is "coming soon" and will feature Tom Hanks andJustin Bieber cameos! "It's a great combo!" she said on Good Morning America. "We loved the idea of Tom Hanks taking over for our video. Justin was in town and was like, 'I was going to come down.' I was like, 'All right! The more the merrier!'" As for Hanks' volunteering for the video, Jepsen said, "It's a long story!"

The 29-year-old pop star has been teasing her comeback for quite some time, and on Feb. 25, Jepsen updated her website with a special message for fans. "Dear Lovelies, it's been an incredible 2 years. 3 years? Geeze—time flies. I've been hiding in forests where one meets a prince and dances till midnight. I've been cocooned in my Soho apartment, sipping tea with artists so weird and wonderful that only New York could keep them happy. I have been hiking to the tippy tops of LA peaks where I've said this out loud to no one...I'm ready. (Imagine theMuddy Waters song playing in my headphones.) I have been quietly so alive and now at long last I am ready to share my heart about it," Jepsen wrote. "The first single is called 'I Really Like You' and I I do—really really really really really really like you that is."

"Your support as my fans and friends has been everything," she added. "So here goes...XO, Carly."

After the release of 2012's Kiss, which also spawned the singles "This Kiss" and "Tonight I'm Getting Over You," Jepsen toured with Justin Bieber and made her Broadway debut inRodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Her currently untitled album will be released this summer. The "Good Time" singer worked with Jack AntonoffMax MartinAriel Rechtshaid,Tegan and Sara and more on the forthcoming LP.



Madonna will embark on an international tour in support of her new album Rebel Heart, an all-arena trek that will take the artist to territories she hasn't visited in decades, if ever, Billboard has learned. An announcement from tour producer Live Nation is expected today.

The Rebel Heart world tour launches Aug. 29 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, which will begin a run through North American arenas of about 25-30 shows through October, with additional dates likely to be added as certain shows sell out. The artist will then head to the U.K. and Europe for a run of 20-25 shows beginning in November running through the third week in December.


'Uptown Funk!' takes over atop another tally

Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs, which is based on reports submitted by a panel of DJs.) Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.

All our charts are refreshed on and Billboardbiz every Thursday and appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine.

Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (6 weeks)*** "Uptown Funk!" Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 24 "I Want You To Know" Zedd Featuring Selena Gomez
Debut No. 37 "Goodbye" Who Is Fancy
Debut No. 38 "Bills" Lunchmoney Lewis
Debut No. 39 "Ayo" Chris Brown & Tyga


- claims Judge Judy has signed a five-year contract extension


- Mashable claims the dating app Tinder is launching a premium service. Users under 30 will pay $9.99 per month, while those over 30 will pay $19.99 for the same service. The upgrades affect swiping and location preferences

- Shia LaBeouf is now sporting a braided rattail and an eyebrow piercing

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons say butt enhancements exploded in 2014 because of Kim Kardashin and JLo. There were 11,505 butt augmentations in 2014. That's up 15% from 2013. Butt lifts were up 44% while butt implants jumped by 98% (942 operations in 2013 to 1,863 in 2014)

Breast augmentation surgeries dropped by a percentage point in 2014.



Naughty Gossip claims Khloe Kardashian wants to replace Kelly Osbourne on ''Fashion Police'. A source tells the site: “Khloe thinks that she had a great performance on the Oscars red carpet show, and she wants to replicate that as a regular cast member on Fashion Police. She has reached out to E! with interest and they are definitely considering her.”

A source tells RADAR Online: “With Kelly gone, the show will be able to move forward in a very positive direction. During recent months behind the scenes, Kathy and Khloé have established mutual respect for each other. Khloé has a terrific eye for fashion, and Kathy has been assured Kardashian jokes wouldn’t be off limits.”


OK! magazine claims pop star Fergie uses hypnosis to control her eating. The magazine quotes her as saying: ''It works! I get into a very relaxed state, where she can speak to my subconscious. It's almost a dream state, so you're highly suggestible. I've done hypnosis for eating, and later I'll got to the refrigerator and hear her voice telling me to be sensible.''


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Taylor Swift Predicts She Will "Still Be Single" at 30 With "So Many" Cats, Insists She Just Wants to Have Fun. It's hard for anyone to predict what their life could be like five years from now. But for Taylor Swift, she has quite the prediction for what could happen once she turns the big 3-0. "I'll probably still be single," she shared in a new interview with The Telegraph. "Let's be honest. No one's going to sign up for this and everything that goes with it. 'Hi, nice to meet you, want a date? Do you love camera flashes? I hope you do!'" She added, "I don't know what's going to happen if I'm ever content in a relationship -- no idea how that's going to work. I don't even know if that's possible with the life I have." Life is so scrutinized for the "Shake it Off" crooner that she can't even hang out with guys -- that are friends -- because the media has a habit of blowing it out of proportion. Just last month, Swift was photographed with Hozier and she immediately predicted wild and crazy tabloid headlines would follow. "I just got so freaked out that people were going to say I was dating him," she admitted. "I started thinking, 'I can't let this ruin my friendship with dudes.' I didn't let it ruin my friendship with Ed Sheeran. They always said we were dating and we never were. 


Taylor Swift Will Discuss Anything . . . Except Katy Perry. The "Bad Blood" between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry is thicker than ever. Asked about the song's rumored subject, Swift declines to mention Perry by name. "I'm not giving them anything to write about. I'm not walking up the street with boys. I'm not stumbling out of clubs drunk," she tells The Telegraph. "But I'm never going to talk about her in my interview. It's not going to happen." If Swift ever does talk about her former friend, it's behind closed doors. The singer's famous friends include Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss and Emma Stone. Swift prides herself on being a good role model, but she has her bitchy moments, too. "It's not real if someone appears to never have any issues with anyone. I have my friends. I have enemies. I have bad days when I don't want to go to a photo shoot, but I'm not going to show up four hours late. I'm going to be there on time. I'm not nice all the time but I try not to be carelessly rude to people who don't deserve it," she says. "When I'm with my friends, we don't say glowing things about everybody. We're not sitting around going, 'You know who's really special and wonderful?' That's not what we talk about -- we're normal girlfriends." Swift, who is also BFFs with Jaime King, Lorde and Jessica Szohr, doesn't need negative people in her life. 


Come this March, the 2015 YouTube Music Awards will honor artists in a whole new way. For this year's event, the YouTube Music Awards picked 50 winners based on views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, OK Go, Rihanna, Charli XCX, Drake, Big Sean, Sia and Sam Smith are among the finalists, according to a press release. Unlike the inaugural 2013 show, which was live, the 2015 event will try out a new format. For it, a whole new and exclusive set of music videos will be created for 15 of the artists. They will debut all at once at 10 a.m. PT on March 23. Charli XCX, Sheeran, Martin Garrix, Max Schneider, Migos, Megan Nicole, Cahoots, Nicky Jam and Shamir will get the video treatment. VICE has been enlisted to produce the event and A-list music video directors have been selected to helm the clips from both established chart-toppers and up-and-coming artists. Fans will also be able to get in on the fun. The press release notes that artists will take some fans behind-the-scenes and invite others to be a part of the videos. (Billboard)



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