Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine spoke with the Daily Telegraph about how he’s not been pleased with the sales of the group’s latest album ‘Hands All Over’. “I’m really not that happy, but I kind of have to be happy given the circumstances of the record industry – it’s definitely in a weird place right now,” Levine said. “Because this isn’t our break-out record; it’s just another Maroon 5 record. But I think it’s a great record. I want it to be well received. There’s just no way of knowing until you get to the end. It’s a marathon. We’ll see how it goes. It is selling. It’s nice to know people are buying it every week.” Levine added, “When you become accustomed to a certain level of success, anything less becomes unsatisfying. But in the current world we live in, it’s successful.”
Mandy Moore spoke with Glam Buzz in a Q&A, where the singer and actress talked about the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the Disney animated film ‘Tangled’, where she provided the voice for Rapunzel. Asked how the character was different from other Disney princesses, Moore said, “Rapunzel is a bit more relatable than the other princesses, especially because she doesn’t even know that she’s a princess until the very end of the movie. I like to think of her as the bohemian Disney princess. She’s barefoot and living in a tower. She paints and reads… She’s a Renaissance woman.”
Rebecca Black did a Q&A with Entertainment Weekly, where the 13-year-old was asked about Lady Gaga defending her and calling the ‘Friday’ singer a “genius”. Black said, “That’s so cool! I feel so star-struck, even though I haven’t met her. It’s so surreal, it’s so crazy. I was just listening to ‘Born this Way’. I really love all of her songs, I have almost every song of hers on my iPod and I think she’s really a lyrical genius. Her songs are just so upbeat and fun and catchy.” Black also talked about donating the ‘Friday’ single sales towards the Japan earthquake relief, being recognized by kids in public, her favorite singers and how exactly she parties. Check it out here.
After playing a clip from Selena Gomez’s prior appearance on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, the talk show host asked the actress about her prior comments referring to Justin Bieber as being “like my little brother.” The exchange went as follows:
Ellen: He’s like your little brother? … What do you have to say now?
Selena: I don’t know. I don’t know.
Ellen: Well, you were trying to hide it still, right? But now you’ve made it public. You went to the Vanity Fair [Oscar] party and made me a fool.
Selena: No, I really didn’t.
Ellen: Yes, you did!!
Selena: I promise you, I didn’t. He’s just sweet.
Ellen: He is. He’s sweet as can be. But he’s not like your little brother, is he? No, he’s not. And he’s a fantastic guy. You can’t try to hide that forever. I know you all were sneaking around but that’s crazy. You’re both huge stars, and you can’t hide from us.
Selena: I didn’t lie to you. I didn’t, though. I’ll say that.
Ellen: No, you didn’t blatantly lie. A little brother is not someone you want to date.
Selena: Well, no. That would be weird.
Ellen: That would be wrong and weird in so many ways.
Video of the exchange at ellentv.com has since been removed.
Natasha Bedingfield spoke with AfterEllen.com in a Q&A about her headlining concert at The Dinah Shore Weekend’s legendary Hollywood Party on April 2nd at the Palm Springs Convention center. “I have such a respect for this community,” Natasha said about the annual lesbian weekend. “I’m just so glad to be there; I feel honored. I feel like there’s a bunch of women who are strong and have fought against the odds and in a way are pushing boundaries so that women all around the world can be free.” Read more.
James Blunt spoke with the Herald Sun in a Q&A, asking the English singer songwriter how it felt to have a second album, his 2007 release ‘All the Lost Souls’, that sold 4.5 million copies yet the questioner said was viewed as a failure. “No one’s calling it a failure to my face,” Blunt responded. “Anyone who calls that a failure probably hasn’t sold a single record. ‘1973’ was a global #1. ‘Same Mistake’ is my favorite song from my first two albums. It’s my most-watched video. The record company said women complained I was licked too many times on the face in the video. I had three #1s in South America from that album and only one from the first. What I’ve learnt is that each country measures success relative to their own world. Does a chart place make it a good song? Absolutely not. A high chart place is a record company’s measurement of money, that’s it. It’s a very shallow means of evaluating success. Who knows what will happen on a commercial level with this album? On a personal level I’m excited by it and that’s a success. A lot of people will lose my albums and forget who I am in a few years, but I will still have them and I’m proud of it.” Read more.
Jesse McCartney spoke with Mike Ragogna in a lengthy Q&A, where the pop singer talked about while he is signed to Hollywood Records, he’s not really a “Disney” artist, especially with the material on his upcoming album ‘Have It All’. “It is their affiliate in that Disney is the owner of Hollywood Buena Vista,” Jesse explained. “That’s actually a common misconception, I’ve never been on any Disney show or any Disney-affiliated program other than maybe guest appearing on ‘Hannah Montana’ when I was sixteen. I am signed to Hollywood, and they’ve been amazing to me and they are run by Disney. I think with my records, I can assure you that this next album I wouldn’t buy for your 7-year-old daughter. It’s not a Disney record.” Read more.
Natalia Kills recently spoke with PopEater, where the British artist talked about what makes her different from other pop acts. “My music is more confrontational than a lot of pop music is at the moment,” the 24-year-old said. “Instead of music to party to, I am making music to celebrate the darker things in life, like heartbreaks and injustices.” Read more.
Mariah Carey sat down for a Q&A session with The Advocate, where the singer talked about how she invited a young gay couple onstage at a Las Vegas concert last year to help facilitate their marriage proposal. “If two people want to get married, it’s their prerogative – we hope,” Carey said. “Everybody should be able to do what they want to do and be in the pursuit of happiness. Ever since I was a little girl, my mother was very open-minded and had many different types of friends, so being gay never seemed wrong or strange to me. Her best friends were a gay couple, Ernie and Mort, and they kind of co-raised me. They were the nicest guys ever, and they would watch my little shows when I’d sing. Today, I guess they’d be called my guncles. Sometimes they’d put us up when we didn’t have a place to go. I couldn’t wait to go stay at their house because it was so beautifully done.”
Kidzworld recently caught up with Emily Osment in a Q&A, where the pop star was asked about what she’s liked most about touring. “The entire lifestyle of touring is my most favorite thing in the world,” the ‘Hannah Montana’ star responded. “A different city every night, traveling across the country with a circus of 50 people you absolutely love, sleeping in a waking up only to sound check in your PJs and mostly the feeling you get when you walk on stage, it’s the most fun I have ever had. I am obsessed with my band and I love getting up and exploring around a city with them. I never want to stop doing this.” Check out the entire interview at kidzworld.com.