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Ariana Grande for COMPLEX Magazine

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Ariana Grande strikes a pose for the new issue of Complex magazine.

Check out what she had to say below. For the complete interview, visit http://www.complex.com.

Let’s talk about growing up in Boca Raton. Do you know an Asian grill restaurant called “Stir Crazy?”
That’s my favorite! That’s the best restaurant ever. What do you get?
 

How often do you go back to Boca?
I barely get to go back home anymore. I miss my grandparents the most, and the beach.

What was your family like growing up?
My family was the stereotypical poker-playing, loud, friendly, food-shoving, loving, Italian family.

Growing up Italian, did you ever fake having Mafia ties to appear tougher?
I didn’t have to fake anything…I’m kidding. We didn’t have any Mafia ties. I feel like we knew some of the Mafia but were not involved for sure. I do know somewhere down the line there were some friendships. No Mafia ties though. It wasn’t something I bragged about.

You sound kinda domesticated for a 20-year-old. Where do you get that from?
Myself. No one in my family is like me, nobody. My mom is a CEO and owns a company that manufactures communications equipment for the Marines and the Navy, so she’s not really the housewife type, if you get what I’m saying. She’s the most badass, independent woman you’ll ever meet—not the cookies-in-the-oven type.

You’re also obsessed with Harry Potter.
I’m a big nerd. I love Lord of the Rings. I love Harry Potter. I love scary movies. I love dinosaurs, science, aliens, ghosts.

So there’s a nerdy part of you. What about the gangsta rap part?
I like rapping. I don’t take myself seriously but it feels good to learn the words to an entire song and rap.

Are you annoyed when people compare you to Mariah Carey?
At first impression I think it’s an obvious comparison to draw because of the range and style of throwback R&B. But as you listen to the whole album, Yours Truly, you get to know my sound. You get to know Ariana. If I complained about being compared to the greatest vocalist who ever lived, I would be a very dumb, ungrateful person. So I can’t complain. It’s a massive compliment.

You think she’s the greatest vocalist?
For sure. Her voice is something that’s untouched: her range, her control, and her ability. I take it as a compliment but I’m very excited when people listen to my whole album and get to know my sound.

If you had to choose between music and acting, which would it be?
Music, no question. I started in musicals because I wanted to sing. I never liked acting. I auditioned for TV to get a platform to get a record deal and then I fell in love with acting because it was fun. After I’m done playing Cat Valentine I don’t see myself doing much acting, but I would do a scary movie or a musical, at any moment.

 

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Miley Cyrus Kicks-Off ‘BANGERZ Tour’ on Valentine’s Day

 

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Miley Cyrus is taking her twerking on the road.

The songstress just released the tour dates for her BANGERZ Tour, which kicks-off on Valentine’s Day 2014 Vancouver. She will continue to tour North America through April.

Tickets, for the general public, for the tour go on-sale November 16 via Live Nation.

Check out the list of dates below:

February 14 – Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena

February 16 – Tacoma, WA TacomaDome

February 20 – Anaheim, CA Honda Center

February 22 – Los Angeles, CA Staples Center

February 24 – Oakland, CA Oakland Arena

February 25 – San Jose, CA SAP Center

February 27 -Phoenix, AZ U.S. Airways Center

March 1 – Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

March 4 – Denver, CO Pepsi Center

March 6 – Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center

March 7 – Chicago, IL Allstate Arena

March 9 – Milwaukee, MI Bradley Center

March 10 – St. Paul, MI Xcel Energy Center

March 12 – Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

March 13 – Tulsa, OK BOK Center

March 15 – San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

March 16 – Houston, TX Toyota Center

March 18 – New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena

March 20 – Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum

March 22 – Miami, FL American Airlines Arena

March 24 – Orlando, FL Amway Center

March 25 – Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

March 29 – Montreal, QC Bell Center

March 31 – Toronto, ON Air Canada Center

April 2 – Boston, MA TD Garden

April 3 – East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center

April 5 – Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

April 7 – Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena

April 8 – Raleigh, NC PNC Arena

April 10 – Washington, DC Verizon Center

April 12 – Detroit, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills

April 13 – Columbus, OH Shottenstein Center

April 15 – Kansas City, KS Sprint Center

April 16 – St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center

April 18 – Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

April 19 – Louisville, KY KFC YUM! Center

April 22 – Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

April 24 – Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum

Lil Kim “Looks Like Money” [MUSIC VIDEO]

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“Looks Like Money” is Lil Kim‘s first single unaccompanied in four years. The song was available for digital download in July 2013.

The video is not up to the standards of what Lil Kim fans are used to. In fact, some fans think that the song title does not match-up with the quality of the video.

Check out the video below and see for yourself.

Lady Gaga & Kendrick Lamar to Perform at 2013 ‘American Music Awards’

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Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar are the latest musicians to be added to the roaster of acts for the 2013 American Music Awards.

The pair join  musical acts One Direction, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia  and Miley Cyrus who have already been asked to perform.

More acts will be announced as the award show’s air date approaches.

The 41st American Music Awards will be held on November 24, 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Katy Perry Covers ‘Entertainment Weekly’

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Katy Perry is dressed in leather for this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.

With a newly released album, Perry is busier than ever!

Perry chats with EW about Mayer, who inspired the track “Legendary Lovers,” her non-existent rivalry with Lady Gaga and her thoughts on Miley Cyrus.
On boyfriend John Mayer:

“I actually wrote it in an email one time, and after I wrote it I looked — we had a long courtship before anything was [public], just writing letters to each other — and seeing ‘legendary lovers,’ it sounded so nice. Some things float into my mind, and I process them, and [then] I make songs about them.”

On fellow singer Miley Cyrus:

“She’s what, 19 or 20? She’s just living her life. She’s super young, and there’s no directing book on how to do this. Each of us find our own way, and some of us make it out alive and some of us don’t. I mean, Madonna was naked [too]. The thing is, people come to me and ask me, out of default, what I think about all these girls, but at the end of it all I shouldn’t be considered the behavior police, because I’m not always going to be on my best behavior!”

On “alleged” Lady Gaga:

“Gaga and I like to publicly dismiss it because it’s not healthy. You want to feel music. You want it to resonate and relate to you. You can’t look at it like a competition because you ruin the reason why you love music. But I think that sometimes our fan groups are so big and strong, they use it as ammunition.”

Miley Cyrus for COSMOPOLITAN Magazine [Dec. ’13]

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Get ready for Christmas with Miley Cyrus.

The “Bangerz” singer covers the December issue of COSMOPOLITAN.  Cyrus is once again dishing on her controversial VMAs performance. In addition to that, Cyrus talks about being single for the first time in years.

Check out some highlights from her feature below.

 

So much has changed since your last Cosmo cover! Is this the most insane year of your life so far? “Everything is so chaotic and crazy right now and it’s so much all at once, but I’m living for it. I’m just having the best time ever and everything’s falling into place like it’s supposed to. Even people who want to hate on me, they can’t even shut down the fact that I’m literally what everyone is talking about. I don’t want to say that I’m on top right now – I feel like I’m kind of an underdog in a cool way. It’s almost punk rock to like me because it’s not the right thing to do. Like, society wants to shut me down.”

People were shocked by your VMA performance – but it was tame compared with the “We Can’t Stop” video. “When people started complaining about the awards show, I was like, ‘Have you never seen the fucking video?’ And what if I hadn’t done that performance? The VMAs would have been bad. They would have been missing something. The show was kind of making fun of how serious the pop industry is.”

How did you feel about the celebrities who dissed your VMAs performance? “I don’t really care. I think everyone would have given anything to be me at that moment, because I was being one hundred percent true to myself…and not many people can say that. At the end of the day, I would say I’m a nice person, and I take pride in the fact that I treat everyone really well, so there’s no reason for anyone to ever come at me because I only want the best for everybody else. I have a song that’s like, ‘Stay in your lane,’ because I’m not going to be you and you’re definitely not going to be me, so don’t throw shade. I don’t ever throw shade at anyone.”

What about the celebs who are on Team Miley? “The support of other artists is important because there are not many people who can relate to what I’m going through right now. Kanye West is one of those people, and even Katy Perry has been so cool. It’s easy for Kanye to support me because we’re in totally separate lanes of competition, but for Katy to say that she appreciates what I’m really doing for the pop industry, that keeps you going. And I mean, who cares what the media buzz is if Kanye West is telling you that you’re the shit?”

This is the first time you’ve been single in years. How are you dealing with that? “I need to treat my music like a relationship – give it my time and all the attention it deserves – and that’s my main love right now. This is the best time of my life. I’m not going to look back on it and be like, ‘I wish I hadn’t been dwelling over a breakup,’ you know? Because that’s not what God wants my life to be about right now. God wants my life to be about being successful and being happy and blessing other people and being blessed.”

 

 

 

Miley Cyrus Fires Back at Sinead O’Connor on Twitter

 

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Earlier this week, Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus expressing her concern.

She went on to write,“The music business doesn’t give a shit about you, or any of us,” she adds. “They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly the star that the industry make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.”

The letter didn’t go over too well with Cyrus. The “Wrecking Ball” singer fired back at O’Connor with two tweets.

The first tweet included a photo (shown below) of O’Connor’s tweets and the words,”Before Amanda Bynes…. There was….”

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She then later tweeted a photo of O’Connor tearing up a photo of the Pope during her 1992 Saturday Night Live appearance:

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