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Camila Cabello Returns With Intense Double Release: Listen to 'Shameless' and 'Liar'. Both songs are slated to appear on the singer's upcoming second solo album, "Romance." Camila Cabello hit fans with a promised powerhouse double-dose of new music on Thursday morning (Sept. 5), dropping the tracks "Shameless" and "Liar" at the same time. Marking Cabello's first solo release(s) since 2018, the contrasting tunes present very different vibes, with the intensely personal "Shameless" chugging along on a rock-ish guitar and a spare, clicking beat while "Liar" is an explosion of hip-swaying Latin rhythms, bright horns and reggae-like strumming. "So many mornings I woke up confused/ In my dreams I do anything I want to you/ My emotions are naked they're taking me out of my mind/ Right now I'm shameless/ Screaming my lungs out for ya," Cabello sings in an emotional, urgent voice on "Shameless" before ominous beats creep into the song about wanting someone so bad it hurts and pleading with them to surrender. The Henry Scholfield-directed video for "Shameless" amps up the song's urgency, flashing between scenes of Cabello crawling across the floor of an empty mansion, burning with desire in a church confessional and eerie scenes of an army of red-dressed Camilas doing a choreographed dance in the sand. The similarly love-obsessed, jazz-inflected "Liar" has a lighter touch, adding in some bouncier vibes, even as Cabello stays laser-focused on her obsession. "I said I won't lose control, I don't want it/ I said I won't get too close but I can't stop it/ Oh no, there you go making me a liar/ Got me begging you for more/ Oh no there I go, startin' up a fire," she sings, sounding okay with possibly getting burned. "These songs are basically the story of my life the past couple years and the stories I've accumulated - I knew for a long time I wanted my album to be called Romance because these stories are about falling in love," Cabello said in a statement about the songs. Cabello will perform on Saturday Night Live for the first time on Oct. 12. (Billboard)

Maren Morris Recalls Her "Very Traumatic" American Idol Audition. Before she was a Grammy winner, Maren Morris was an aspiring artist hoping to make it big on American Idol. The 29-year-old singer recalled her "very traumatic" audition on Wednesday's episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers. "The Middle" star tried out for the show at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas when she was 17. "You don't see Paula [Abdul] and Simon [Cowell] and Randy [Jackson] in the first go audition. It's like a stadium cattle call," she said. "You audition for, like, a 20-year-old producer who probably has no music cred. You just sing for like eight seconds and sing your heart out." However, Morris said her entire group was cut and she had to do "the walk of shame." "I just remember being, like, 17, and I had to, like, walk through the walk of shame out to the parking lot and find my mom's car and just cry on the way home with her," she said. "But, I mean, it all worked out." This wasn't the only time Morris auditioned for a televised competition. She also tried out for Star Search, The Voice and America's Got Talent. "It was all a no," she said. Still, she managed to find the silver lining in the experience. "The poetic justice of that whole thing is that now people, like, audition with my songs on those shows," she said. "So, I just get the check in the mail." (Eonline)

Blake Shelton's Reaction to His PCAs Nomination: "I Hope I Win This Thing!" Yeehaw! Blake Shelton is nominated for an E! People's Choice Award! E! announced the nominees for the 2019 E! PCAs and among the contenders was none other than Shelton. The "Boys Round Here" singer took to his phone to thank his fans. "Hey everybody, I'm driving in the car here but I just found out some really cool news," the star began in an exclusive video shared with E! "I got nominated for a People's Choice Award, uh, for favorite country dude. And I'm very, very excited about it," he continued. Technically, he's up for The Country Artist of 2019, but hey, "dude" works too! Shelton won the honor last year -- along with a win for The Competition Show of 2018 for The Voice, where he is a judge -- and in his acceptance speech stated, "Thank you to the people and I will tell you, the longer I do this, the more credibility I give fan-voted awards." Wanting to claim the prize again this year, he continued in his video saying, "Thank you to People's Choice people and, uh, yeah, I hope I win this thing!" Whether or not he wins this thing is up to you, as the People's Choice Awards is the only show by the people, for the people! And you can make Shelton's dreams come true right now! Voting for the PCAs is open and all you have to do is head to the official voting site or take to Twitter to cast your ballots. Be sure to tune into the live show on Nov. 10 to see who takes home the trophy. With 43 categories covering movies, TV, music and pop culture, you're sure to see one of your faves go home with a win. (Eonline)

Grimes Ready For Fashionable Battle in Glossy 'Violence' Video. Gauzy dresses are typically not recommended for going to battle, but Grimes seems to have her own spin on the Art of War in the visual for the song "Violence." In fact, the video that dropped on Thursday morning (Sept. 5) opens with the singer studying Sun Tzu's ancient Chinese military playbook, perhaps taking into mind the treatise's memorable advice: "all warfare is based on deception." The pulsing, ethereal track credited to Grimes and EDM producer i_o comes to life in the clip directed by the singer and slated for her upcoming Miss Anthropocene album (whose release date has not yet been announced.) It unfolds with Grimes reading the war manual on a set filled with women lounging in two-piece athletic gear and lingerie on a stage filled with Greek architectural elements. Singing in her signature breathy register, Grimes croons "I am like, begging for you baby/ Makes you wanna party, wanna wake up/ Baby it's violence, violence/ Baby it's violence." Changing out of the clinging dress with a flowing white cape, Grimes reappears in a black skirt and matching bra with a red face mask to work out some robotic dance moves, including pointing gun fingers at the camera in time to the song's throbbing rhythm track. With her backup dancers armed with swords and spears, Grimes emotes to the camera amid flashes of a dancer in a white-winged mask doing a sensual battle dance. Grimes, who released the song "We Appreciate Power" last year, has described the follow-up to 2015's Art Angels as a, "concept album about the anthropomorphic Goddess of climate Change: A psychedelic, space-dwelling demon/ beauty-Queen who relishes the end of the world... She's composed of Ivory and Oil." (Billboard)

Pixies Unleash 'Catfish Kate' on 'Colbert': Pixies stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night, where they dished up "Catfish Kate," a track from their latest album Beneath The Eyrie. Black Francis and Co. are in road shape. The legendary alternative rock outfit embark on a tour of the U.K. and Europe next week, in support of their eighth studio set Beneath The Eyrie, which drops next Friday, Sept. 13. Pixies make the long haul to Asia and Australia in February and March 2020 for another round of live shows. (Billboard)

RuPaul's Drag Race Star Farrah Moan Accuses Ariana Grande of "Stealing From Queer Artists." Sometimes, imitation isn't the sincerest form of flattery. RuPaul's Drag Race star Farrah Moan has a bone to pick with Ariana Grande. But before we dive into the reality TV personality's gripe with the 26-year-old singer, here's some backstory. On Tuesday, news broke that the pop star filed a $10 million lawsuit against Forever 21 and Riley Rose, after accusing the retailers of false endorsement, trademark infringement and copyright infringement (among other complaints). According to the suit, which E! News obtained, both brands tried striking up a deal with the "7 Rings" singer, however, it wasn't to up to her standards. Despite never reaching an agreement, the brands launched a "misleading campaign across its website and social media platforms primarily in January and February 2019," the lawsuit claims. "The campaign capitalized on the concurrent success of Ms. Grande's album Thank U, Next by publishing at least 30 unauthorized images and videos misappropriating Ms. Grande's name, image, likeness, and music in order to create the false perception of her endorsement." Now, Moan is accusing the 26-year-old pop star of "stealing" from her for similar reasons. "Ariana should give me a cut of that 10M since her team literally sent a pic of me to the designer and paid them to copy my look from as4," Farrah shared on Twitter on Wednesday evening, along with a side-by-side photo of her and Grande wearing similar outfits. "(Finally met the designer and got told the Tea) I guess stealing from queer artists for profit is fine tho." After the reality TV personality released the statement online, a Twitter user commented, "doesn't the fault here lie with the designer knowingly & willingly being paid to copy your look??" However, the RuPaul's Drag Race star made it clear that she wasn't upset with the designer. "I don't fault the designer because the designer she hired was a local queen and paid them ALOT of money to do it, money they couldn't turn down. And then was honest with me about it," Moan wrote. "So no, I don't fault the drag queen that made it at all. Ariana has COIN." In fact, the 25-year-old drag queen revealed that she wasn't going to open up about her claims but felt she couldn't hold this information any longer, especially after learning about Grande's lawsuit. "I wasn't gonna even say anything or care because I was actually flattered by it and I've known for MONTHS but now it's kinda getting to me since she's just racking in millions over it," Moan explained. Despite many online saying the "7 Rings" look Ariana rocked in the music video seems universal, the reality TV star explained that she does "own that look." "I do own that look," Moan said in response to a tweet. "I wore it on national television and it's in my closet. I just think it's wrong for someone to claim they're for lgbtq but then steal from them. It's not cute." The drag queen added, "But the point is her team also stole. U can attack me all day but it's not gonna change anything. I can admit I was petty with that gif I posted& I'll apologize for that but at the end of the day they did what they did. Idc about suing anyone, just needed to put this out there." Unfortunately for Grande, this isn't the first time "7 Rings" has stirred controversy. Back in January, rapper Princess Nokia accused the 26-year-old star of ripping off her own song, "Mine." Additionally, Soulja Boy also claimed the pop star stole his song, "Pretty Boy Swag." Of the accusations made in early January, the pop star issued an apology, however, she has yet to release a statement on Moan's recent complaints. E! News has reached out to Grande's team for comment. (Eonline)

Nipsey Hussle's estate owes a singer her fair cut of the money the rapper made off his hit song, "Hussle & Motivate" ... according to a claim she just filed. Tasleema Yasin says she wrote and performed a vocal phrase used throughout the track ... according to the docs filed Thursday in L.A. Superior Court. Tasleema also says her voice is prominently featured in a countermelody, which she sang in her higher register ... and she says can be heard throughout the song's chorus. She claims she's a coauthor of "Hussle & Motivate" ... which means she's entitled to a big cut of any dough the song earns. Tasleema doesn't list a specific amount she's due, and wants the estate to provide a proper accounting ... so she can figure out how much. Nipsey released "Hussle & Motivate" back in February 2018. It was featured on his major label debut album "Victory Lap" ... which went on to earn him a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. (TMZ)


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