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Beyonce & Jay Z Album Coming Soon?

Beyonce, Ed Sheeran duet at Stevie Wonder's post-Grammys tribute

Taylor Swift Tracks Down Fan at Grammy’s

Ariana Grande Brings Out Nicki Minaj

Nick Jonas, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor Confirmed For Radio Disney Music Awards Nomination Special


Jenny McCarthy and Ryan Seacrest selfieBeyonce & Jay Z Album Coming Soon?

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"When you think of Jay and Bey together, you think 'album,'" says the veteran producer.
Is the long-rumored Beyonce and Jay Z joint album actually going to appear in 2015? Noel Fisher, the producer known as Detail, seems to think so, coyly telling Billboard on the Grammys red carpet that the album is coming, and that the blockbuster LP could very well drop before the end of the year.


"I'm working with a couple of new projects that I don't want to unveil, and then me and Beyonce and Jay Z are actually doing something together this year," said Detail, who won his first career Grammy on Sunday (Feb. 8) when the pair's "Drunk In Love" won best R&B song. When pressed about the collaboration, which has been rumored for months, Detail grimaced and said to expect a proper full-length.

"When you think of Jay and Bey together, you think 'album.' You should already know," said Detail. Asked if that album was going to arrive this year, the producer diplomatically replied, "In my imaginary mind, I will work to say it's true."
Beyonce and Jay Z toured stadiums together last summer as part of the On The Run tour, following the 2013 releases of their respective albums, Beyonce and Magna Carta… Holy Grail. Beyonce's self-titled album lost out to Beck's Morning Phase for album of the year at the Grammys this year.

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Beyonce, Ed Sheeran duet at Stevie Wonder's post-Grammys tribute

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Although news about Beyonce and Ed Sheeran's duet during the Stevie Wonder tribute surfaced last week, there's nothing quite like seeing it live.
Queen Bey kicked off the opening performance for the "Songs in the Key of Life" post-Grammy tribute to Wonder that aired on CBS Monday by standing in the audience to hype up the crowd.

"How y'all feeling tonight?" she asked in the sexiest of tones. "If you love Stevie Wonder like I love Stevie Wonder, I want you to stand up on your feet."

She stopped in front of the stage momentarily to say hello to Mr. Wonder and kiss him on the cheek. Beyonce took center stage to first sing "Fingertips."

"Alright, ladies and gentlemen, I want all to scream loud and proud for Ed Sheeran," she said. With guitar in hand, the British singer joined Beyonce to sing "Master Blaster."

Sheeran immediately showed that he is by far a backup singer, but instead held his own belting out the tune right alongside the musical diva, making for a magical start to the evening.

While there were plenty of celebrity guests to see at the all-star event, Wonder requested everyone shut their eyes for a moment during the performance so they could relate to how he hears music as a blind man.


"Who has done more to help us see the abilities of people who are blind than Stevie Wonder?" host LL Cool J said. "So tonight, at Stevie's request, we take you into his world."

Respecting the musical legend's request, attendees including Beyonce, John Legend and Gladys Knight were spotted in the audience with eyes shut as Ne-Yo took to the stage to sing "Isn't She Lovely," which Wonder wrote after his daughter Aisha was born in 1976.

"Remember, this gifted man wrote this song about someone he has loved for nearly 40 years, but only seen in his mind's eye," LL Cool J added.
Even the TV viewing audience got a chance to experience what the theater crowd did when the screen went dark for about 40 seconds except for when a phrase appeared from Wonder's 1973 song "Visions."

"Do we have to find our wings and fly away to the visions in our mind?"

As the audience took a moment to experience Wonder's world, he was the one surprised by his daughter voice, who joined Ne-Yo onstage to sing her father's song.

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Taylor Swift Tracks Down Fan at Grammy’s

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A fan named Jill mentioned on Tumblr that she was going to the Grammys and Swift saw the post thanks to her sixth sense for compliments.
Still, Jill wasn't expecting much.

"I didn’t want to get my hopes up because I didn’t want to be crushed and I know how much Taylor has going on at the Grammys," she wrote on her Tumblr. "So I wouldn’t be that sad if it didn’t happen."

But Taylor didn't disappoint - Swift's publicist found Jill during the ceremony and escorted her to the VIP section under the stage to meet her idol. After grabbing a quick hug from Sam Smith, Jill met Taylor, who recognized her right away.

Swift complimented Jill's outfit, hugged her and demanded to take a second selfie because Swift thought she looked creepy in the first. What's more, Jill and her Grammy date are now officially an item after the singer told him that they make a cute couple. And you can't really argue with Taylor Swift.

Swifties, prepare yourself - her surveillance never sleeps and there's no telling when the next sneak attack will come. She was even checking out fans' social media during the Grammy Awards.

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Ariana Grande Brings Out Nicki Minaj

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One month before headlining Madison Square Garden for the first time, Ariana Grande took the stage at New York's famed arena during the NBA All-Star Game halftime show, as part of the Entertainment Series presented by JBL. Unlike Christina Aguilera, who performed a medley of New York anthems during the player introductions on Sunday night (Feb. 15), Grande went with an extended medley of her hits, and brought out her "Bang Bang" pal Nicki Minaj for a surprise team-up.

Opening with her summer smash "Problem," Grande shimmied to center stage with a cheerleader getup that exposed her midriff and a smile that underlined a newfound confidence on a big stage. Grande's dancers disappeared for a minute of her most recent Top 10 hit, "Love Me Harder," and after that strobe-heavy bit, the pop star segued into her breakout single, "The Way."

With the MSG attendees providing extra lighting via synchronized phone apps, Grande introduced her new single, "One Last Time," with some fluttering notes that eventually congealed into an impressive melisma. Grande tore into her collaborative hit "Bang Bang," with Minaj finally appearing to hurry through her verse and grind in front of Grande during the final chorus.

Sadly, Minaj was gone before the pair could debut their salacious new collaboration, "Get On Your Knees," live. Instead, Grande and her dancers bursted through another Top 10 hit, "Break Free," before Grande blew a kiss to the appreciative arena.

Last week, Grande performed "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart" at the Grammy Awards, where her sophomore album My Everything was nominated for best pop vocal album. The Honeymoon Tour, a five-month headlining trek in support of My Everything, kicks off on Feb. 25.

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Nick Jonas, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor Confirmed For Radio Disney Music Awards Nomination Special

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The nominees for this year's Radio Disney Music Awards will get a special broadcast all to themselves. For the first time, the 2015 RDMAs will be announced in a 30-minute special featuring appearances by Nick Jonas, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor, Olly Murs, Becky G, Sabrina Carpenter, Fifth Harmony, Echosmith, Jessica Sanchez, Jacquie Lee and more. Disney Channel will broadcast the show, "Disney Channel Presents the 2015 RDMA Nomination Special," on Feb. 27 at 7pm ET.

The following afternoon, all categories and nominees will be highlighted on "Radio Disney's 2015 RDMA Nomination Special," a two-hour on-air programming feature beginning at 5 pm ET on Radio Disney.

"Family appealing, music-focused programming is central to our success and as we seek to extend it to meet our viewer consumption habits and our client's demands, we are uniquely positioned to leverage the natural synergies we have throughout Disney," said Phil Guerini, VP, programming and GM, Radio Disney in a statement. He added, "Our audience utilizes every media platform and new technology to discover and listen to music, and the RDMAs are a fully-immersive, true multi-media event."

The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards will be held April 25 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

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