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This Week in Music : Weird Al Takes 'Mandatory Fun' To The Top

7/24/2014 4:00am EDT
This Week in Music : Weird Al Takes 'Mandatory Fun' To The Top
“Weird Al” Yankovic did the unthinkable this week – debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200! That’s right, Weird Al’s latest album Mandatory Fun sold a robust 104,000 copies. Sure for other artists 104,000 copies might not be the ‘end all be all,’ but considering last week no albums surpassed the 100,000 copies mark and that comedy albums don’t generate those kinds of numbers, Al’s doing big things.

Jason Mraz was expected to put some pressure on Weird Al for top honors, and he did, coming up just short at 102,000 copies with Yes!. Even so, 102,000 copies is fantastic in the current market....

Review: Jason Mraz Delivers With Incredible Poise On 'Yes!'

7/16/2014 10:50am EDT
Jason Mraz - Yes
“So I won’t hesitate no more, no more / it cannot wait I’m sure / there’s no need to complicate / our time is short / this is our fate, I’m yours.” Sound familiar? It should as pop singer/songwriter Jason Mraz has elevated his profile considerably over the last couple of years, namely with one hella catchy song entitled “I’m Yours.” Mraz’s last two albums, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things (2008) and Love is A Four Letter Word (2012), were both “kind of a big deal.” The former landed Mraz two Grammys. Score!

Mraz returns with fifth album, Yes! following a two-year hiatus. Mraz’s lat...

7 Albums to Check Out: This Week in Music

7/15/2014 9:00am EDT
7 Albums to Check Out: This Week in Music
After an extremely quiet week of new releases last week (July 8), This week, July 15, has more ‘weapons’ in its arsenal. Yes, the basketball team has more highly touted, long-range shooters – in other words, there are more albums with bigger chart potential. There isn’t one huge star itself, but definitely some experienced musicians who’ve previously tasted success. Here are 7 albums to check out this week.

1) Jason Mraz, Yes! (Atlantic)

Yes! Marks pop singer/songwriter Jason Mraz’s fifth studio album. Yes! Follows Mraz’s high-flying 2012 LP, Love Is a Four Letter Word. Love d...

Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae Headline 'Hear The Music, See The World' Event Series

4/5/2014 9:43am EDT
Jason Mraz, Janelle Monae Headline 'Hear The Music, See The Worl
Jason Mraz and Janelle Monae are two of the artists participating in the 2014 'Hear The Music, See The World' event series, in which promoter Live Nation and hotel chain Starwood team up for exclusive in-hotel performances around the country.

Beginning on June 5, select hotels from Starwood's nine different hotel brands - which include Sheraton, Westin, and W - will play host to a series of one night only performances for Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program members.

Starting now, SPG members can redeem their loyalty points for tickets - and bid on other experiences tied into ea...

Jason Mraz To Perform Free Concert In Myanmar

11/17/2012 4:00pm EST
Jason Mraz
Singer Jason Mraz is jetting off to Myanmar next month to perform a free concert to raise awareness about human trafficking.

The I'm Yours hit-maker will headline an outdoor show at the People's Square in Yangon on December 16th in a bid to draw attention to the international slave trade.

A number of other local musicians will participate in the show, which will be broadcast on MTV next year, and Mraz feels proud to lend his voice to the cause.

He tells the Associated Press, "I thought this was something that was abolished when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, but al...

Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber & One Direction To Headline Z100 Jingle Ball

10/20/2012 9:17am EDT
One Direction
Taylor Swift, One Direction and Justin Bieber will perform at the Z100 Jingle Ball 2012 in Madison Square Garden on Friday, Dec. 7, in New York City.

Other performers scheduled to appear include The Wanted, Jason Mraz, Olly Murs, Fun., B.o.B., Ed Sheeran and Ne-Yo.

Mraz tweeted, "I'll be performing at @Z100NewYork Jingle Ball! Can't wait to see you there," while One Direction wrote, "1D are performing at @Z100NewYork's Jingle Ball on 12/7 in NYC! RT if you'll be there!"

"[We're] really excited and just really looking forward to getting there," Siva Kaneswaran from British boy band The Wa...

Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Tim Mahoney

9/27/2011 10:00am EDT
Tim Mahoney
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I shine the spotlight on Minnesota native Tim Mahoney, the soulful singer whose talent got a huge boost when Adam Levine thought he was a girl.

Crowned the "King of Almost" on the series for his persistent attempts to make it big in the music business, Tim left his mark on The Voice instantly and by complete accident. His rendition of "Bring It On Home To Me" won over the front man of Maroon 5 in blind auditions, but Adam bashfully admitted that he turned around thinking that Tim was of the female persuasion. One of The Voice's most...

Taylor Swift Performs With Jason Mraz At L. A. Concert

8/25/2011 11:34am EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is turning her Los Angeles residency into a star-studded event - she duetted with Jason Mraz during her concert on Wednesday.

The Love Story hit-maker is playing a string of shows at the Staples Center and earlier this week she thrilled fans by bringing Justin Bieber onstage for a rendition of his hit track Baby.

And Swift introduced another special guest to the crowd on Wednesday, teaming up with Mraz to perform his song I'm Yours.

In a post on her page, she writes, "I couldn't love LA crowds more. I can't believe how awesome tonight was. And thank you Jason ...

Jason Mraz Calls Off Engagement With Tristan Prettyman

6/8/2011 12:39pm EDT
Jason Mraz
Singer/songwriter Jason Mraz has split from his fiancée Tristan Prettyman.

The I'm Yours star proposed to fellow singer Prettyman in December, but subsequently insisted they would not be walking down the aisle until gay marriage is legalized in the U.S.

However, Mraz has now confirmed the engagement is off and he has blamed his heavy workload for the split, telling The Daily Beast, "My greatest mistake right now is, I've been clinging to my art. In that, I have victory for my art and a great loss for my heart. At the moment, my beautiful fiancée is no longer my beautiful fiancée."


Jason Mraz Stalls Wedding Until Gay Marriage Is Legal

1/23/2011 12:30pm EST
Jason Mraz
Singer/songwriter Jason Mraz has pledged not to wed fiancee Tristan Prettyman until gay marriage is legal in America.

The "I'm Yours" singer proposed to his girlfriend last month but it could be quite some time before they officially exchange vows.

Mraz explains, "We both feel that in our engagement, we have a union that's really special and can't be broken. It's a sacred bond.

"The wedding would be nice for our family, our friends, our community - our moms especially - and so it puts us in the fight. We can't get married until (gay) marriage is legal and equal... but she (Prettyman) is ...

Celebrities Tying The Knot In 2011

1/11/2011 10:00am EST
Nick Lachey
In Hollywood it seems that marriages, engagements and divorces happen too often in a very short amount of time. There are a few lucky couples that can make a celebrity marriage work and some that can’t even make it through the honeymoon stage. Let’s hope these couples who plan on tying the knot this year can prove us wrong.

Nick Lachey – Nick and longtime girlfriend aka rebound girl, Vanessa Minnillo are finally making their relationship official by tying the knot. The 36 year old former boy band star popped the question to the 29 year old beauty queen and confessed, “She’s the love of ...

David Foster Gets Engaged

1/3/2011 8:32am EST
David Foster
Canadian musician David Foster is the latest star set to ring in 2011 with wedding bells - he reportedly proposed to Dutch model Yolanda Hadid over the Christmas holidays.

The Grammy-winning producer, who is famous for helping the careers of artists such as Celine Dion, Josh Groban and Michael Buble, reportedly proposed at a friend's home in Bel Air, California, where the couple met.

The insider tells the New York Post, "He pulled out a 14-carat dazzling sparkler from jeweller Martin Katz, and the entire party erupted in applause."

Foster has previously been married three times before an...

Reese Witherspoon Is Engaged, Too!

12/28/2010 5:52pm EST
Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon has become the latest star to join the race to the altar in 2011 - the actress and her Hollywood agent boyfriend Jim Toth are engaged.

The star began dating Toth at the beginning of 2010 shortly after she and Jake Gyllenhaal split, and now her publicist has confirmed the Oscar winner is planning a second trip up the aisle.

Witherspoon and actor Ryan Phillippe divorced in 2008.

The actress joins Leann Rimes, Natalie Portman, Hugh Hefner, Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Mraz among the celebrities who have announced engagements in the last week, and unconfirmed reports suggest ...

Jason Mraz Engaged To Tristan Prettyman

12/27/2010 7:47am EST
Jason Mraz
Singer Jason Mraz is set to wed singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman after proposing on Thursday night.

The I'm Yours star, 33, popped the question to his 28 year old love and broke the news to fans in a simple post via

He wrote, "SHE SAID YES."

Prettyman also took to the web to express her delight at the surprise proposal, writing, "For Once. I Am Speechless.....i did good! holy c**p! man of my dreams!!! for the rest of my life!!!"

Last year, Mraz gushed about finding love with Prettyman, telling, "I'm not married yet, but I think I may have found the one."


Kim Kardashian, Betty White, Jonas Bros. Want You To Visit California

10/7/2010 9:59am EDT
Visit Cali
Why is Kim Kardashian seen here, reading a quantum physics book? It's part of campaign to debunk misconceptions -- specifically, stereotypes about California.

Kim, Betty White, the Jonas Brothers, Jason Mraz and some pals try to convince us that Cali's more than a place packed with yoga-crazed celebs and surfers. It's a cute attempt to boost the state's tourism industry -- a valiant undertaking, considering California's financial woes. Is Kim Kardashian in a bikini the next bankruptcy bail-out?

Check out the video, or go to to plan your visit to the Golde...

Hot! Hot! Hot! Your 2010 Summer Playlist

5/21/2010 9:00am EDT
Lady Gaga Pink
Is your iPod ready for summer? If not, here are 20 of some of the best songs, both old and new school, to help you enjoy these upcoming hot days and warm nights.

“Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince: For all of you born after 1995, Will Smith, at one time, had a successful hip-hop career with his BFF DJ Jazzy Jeff. This is one of their most popular and successful songs, garnering a Grammy in 1991.

“Cruel Summer” by Bananarama: Technically, no summer should be cruel. Or without a loved one. Or without this song.

“Alejandro” by Lady Gaga: The name “Alejandro” remin...

Katy Perry's Pink Spotted Frock - Hot Or Not?

4/22/2010 7:30pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry arrived at the 27th Annual ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Pop Music Awards yesterday in Los Angeles wearing a gray and pink gown with strappy black heels. Our thoughts? Meh. What do you think?

The pop star picked up two awards last night for her singles "Hot N Cold" and "Waking Up In Vegas."

The star-studded event, which was attended by over 700 leading songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders, paid special tribute to Patti Smith and The Killers, and honored the songwriters and publishers behind some of today's most popular music....

Anna Paquin: 'I'm Bisexual'

4/1/2010 11:38am EDT
Anna Paquin
Actress Anna Paquin has revealed she is bisexual as part of a new celebrity campaign for equal rights.

The actress, who is engaged to marry her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, has come out as part of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) taped for Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, which fights for the rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

The ad features a number of celebrities, including openly gay stars Elton John and Cynthia Nixon, pledging their support to the foundation's Give A Damn campaign for equality.

In the clip, Paquin declares, "I'm Anna Pa...

Jason Mraz's Twitter Hacked

3/2/2010 8:26am EST
Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz is the latest star to have his account compromised by an internet hacker. The I'm Yours singer's blog on the site was updated on the weekend to include links redirecting readers to online ads, with one post declaring, "Here is the quiz. Whoever beats my IQ of 97 will win the ipad and get to be in my newest video."

The hoax was later spotted and a note was subsequently posted on Mraz's Facebook page to warn fans.

The notice read, "IMPORTANT, someone has hacked into Jason's twitter account. Don't believe anything that is tweeted until we have access back into the ac...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

2/1/2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...

Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Eminem Lead 2009 American Music Awards Nominees

10/13/2009 1:49pm EDT
Taylor Swift
The American Music Awards (AMAs) will take place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, November 22(8:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on ABC. Taylor Swift leads the nominations race this year with six total nominations, Michael Jackson follows with five nominations. Eminem follows with four nominations and Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon and T.I. collected three nominations, respectively.

For the third year, winners will be determined by online voting at, and, the official voting location starting today. Artists will be...

Katy Perry & Lily Allen Talk Beatles, Autistic Artist Stephen Wiltshire, KSM's Latest; More (Videos)

9/18/2009 4:54pm EDT
Katy Perry, Lily Allen, The Beatles, Autistic Artist Stephen Wil
Watch some videos, music videos and clips of the latest funny, informative, viral, and other time-wasting stuff that we gathered from around the web today. Today's feature video is from KSM, who just released their latest single, "Read Between The Lines". Check 'em all out!

Katy Perry and Lily Allen talk about the Beatles influence on their careers...

Katy Perry

Lilly Allen

The All-American Rejects got busy in New York City this week starting off with a special performance of their hit single "Gives You Hell." They took the stage with house band Wale at MTV's VMAs...

Colbie Caillat Talks 'Breakthrough', Hawaii, And Her Quick Rise To Fame

8/24/2009 12:30pm EDT
Colbie Caillat Breakthrough
We had a chance this week to chat with Colbie Caillat, whose sophmore album, "Breakthrough", is finally here and set for release on Tuesday, August 25th. Colbie was launched to stardom after being discovered on Myspace and releasing her first hit single, "Bubby", and it's been nothing but up from there.

Starpulse: In listening to clips from your latest album, it has the same breezy relaxed feel as Coco. How does this album differ from your first?

Colbie Caillat: I agree, it definitely has the same kind of style because that's the kind of music I like to listen to and write. I wr...

Demi Lovato 'Here We Go Again' Album Review & Music Video

7/21/2009 3:19pm EDT
Demi Lovato Here We Go Again review
Like Britney Spears before her, Demi Lovato pretty much admits in the title of her sophomore album that she's serving up more of the same the second time around, but unlike Britney, that may not have been Demi's intention.

For Here We Go Again, Lovato makes a relatively clean break from the Jonas Brothers, who penned much of her debut, Don't Forget, drafting sensitive AAA singer/songwriters Jon McLaughlin and John Mayer presumably to give Lovato a bit of mature veneer, a subtle shift buried underneath the relentlessly cheerful Radio Disney production and Lovato's irrepressible spunk.


Celebrity Birthdays, June 23

6/23/2009 3:00am EDT
Joss Whedon
Happy Birthday to singer Jason Mraz (1977), "A Dirty Shame" actress Selma Blair (1972), French footballer Zinedine Zidane (1972), DeBarge singer Chico DeBarge (1966), TV screenwriter Joss Whedon (1964), Testament singer Chuck Billy (1962), "Aeon Flux" actress Francis McDormand (1957), Misfits singer Glenn Danzig (1955), Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter (1941), and country singer June Carter Cash (1929; d. 2003).

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'American Idol' Banter: Handicapping The Top 3

5/8/2009 10:19am EDT
American Idol
For those of you who remember my infamous predictions from the Top 13, I beg your forgiveness. For those of you who don't remember or didn't bother reading, let's just move on. On the bright side, at least I had Adam Lambert in the Top 3!

This time around, I'd like to do it differently. Instead of simply picking who I think will finish first, second, and third, I'm going to list five reasons why each of the remaining three contestants can walk away as the next "American Idol." Yeah, that's right, I'm implying that Adam isn't a lock, regardless of whom he faces in the finals.

If he...

Atlantic Records Signs 'American Idol' Runner-Up Jason Castro

4/14/2009 11:30am EDT
Jason Castro
Atlantic Records has announced the signing of singer/songwriter Jason Castro. The Texas-based tunesmith - best known as the third runner-up on the 2008 season of Fox's American Idol - is currently hard at work on his debut album, set for release later this year. Among his creative collaborators are Grammy Award-winning producer John Fields (Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Soul Asylum) and a number of acclaimed songwriters, including Kara Dioguardi (Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Santana), Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, K.T. Tunstall), Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt, Jason Mraz), Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), an...

Anya Marina Unveils Jam-Packed Schedule, Including National TV Debut Tonight

2/19/2009 6:45pm EST
Anya Marina
Chop Shop recording artist Anya Marina has unveiled a busy slate of activities surrounding the recent release of her critically acclaimed album, "Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II." The Los Angeles-based songstress will make her national television debut tonight with a performance of "Move You (SSSPII)" on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Marina will then be among the featured artists on The's highly anticipated new web series, "Rockville, CA". Created by Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) and executive produced by Schwartz and Chop Shop's own Alexandra Patsavas (Twilight, Gossip...

Send Your Valentine A Custom E-Card Featuring Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat's 'Lucky'

2/12/2009 5:00pm EST
Jason Mraz
Create your own Valentine's Day E-Card to send to your sweetheart with custom artwork from Jason Mraz's lastest album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. and the fantastic new single "Lucky", the perfect duet with Colbie Caillat celebrating love & friendship!

Create your card here!

We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. was preceded by two individual EPs, We Sing and We Dance, as well as a third EP, We Steal Things, which is available as a digital bundle with purchase of the album on iTunes, and as part of a bundle when purchased via or All three E...

2009 Grammy Award Predictions

1/30/2009 12:05pm EST
My Morning Jacket
What can I say? I'm a sucker for the Grammys and the Oscars, and after a few years of real yawners, the Grammys in particular are back with a vengeance! The performances lineup is Coachella-esque impressive, with U2 and Coldplay joining the likes of Jonas Brothers, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne(!), Paul McCartney(!!) and Radiohead(!!!). But just as important as the performers are the award winners, and if you're in an office pool somewhere or on your way to Vegas and need a little help predicting the winners, you've come to the right place! (Well actually, if you're on your way to Vegas you ...