Meghan Trainor’s boyfriend helped her out of ‘dark place’ after surgery

Meghan Trainor’s boyfriend helped her out of ‘dark place’ after surgery

Meghan Trainor credits her boyfriend Daryl Sabara with helping her out of a “dark place” following her vocal cord surgery.

The All About That Bass star underwent two operations on her vocal cords, the most recent surgery occurring earlier this year (17), with the health issues leaving her in a state of distress.

However, the grown-up Spy Kids star, who she began dating in the summer of 2016, helped her get back on form by encouraging her to exercise and eat well.

“He’s changed my entire life; he cooks for me, taught me how to cook, and he told me how you can feel better if you eat healthier and exercise,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Even mentally, because after my second surgery, I went into this kind of dark place and he was like, ‘Wanna work out?’ and I was like, ‘No, but O.K.’ Now I love it, I’m obsessed with it and I’ve never felt better.”

The 23-year-old, who turns 24 later this month (Dec17), has been showing off her new figure in recent weeks and she credits both her boyfriend and Shaun T’s FOCUS T25 workout DVDs with her look.

Meghan will hit U.S. TV screens in January (18) as a judge on the new reality TV show The Four: Battle for Stardom alongside Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, DJ Khaled and music executive Charlie Walk.

She said she had no hesitation about signing up for the project as it’s so different from other singing competition shows such as The Voice or The X Factor.

“I was really excited because it’s brand new and it’s not what you’ve seen before,” she explained. “It’s very fresh and the reward is so amazing – how they actually give you an opportunity to work with people in the music industry and to have a chance to be heard on the radio – that’s just a no-brainer for me.”

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Gwen Stefani’s son praying for safety during Southern Californian blazes

Gwen Stefani’s son praying for safety during Southern Californian blazes

Gwen Stefani’s oldest son has prayed that God will put a force field around their house as the Southern Californian wildfires continue to blaze.

People living in the southern counties of the U.S. state have been hit by a streak of fires this week, and celebrities’ homes are among those in harm’s way.

During a pre-taped appearance for The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday (08Dec17), Gwen admitted the blazes have left her shaken, especially as her boyfriend Blake Shelton isn’t with her.

“I’m OK,” she began. “I was home alone, and literally Blake flew out the morning of (the start of the fires) and I was like ‘You’re going to leave me here in the fire. This is crazy!’

“And my little boy, I was really proud of, Kingston kept texting me, like, ‘Mom I’m praying for you, I hope that God puts a force field around us and the winds blow the other way’. Because we were scared, it’s scary and who knows what’s going to happen next.”

As well as 11-year-old Kingston, Gwen also has sons Zuma, nine, and Apollo, three, with ex-husband Gavin Rossdale.

The No Doubt star has been thinking about Ellen too, as the winds had started to blow the blazes towards the comedienne and chat show host’s Santa Barbara neighbourhood. Ellen and her wife Portia de Rossi have had to evacuate their house.

“I kept thinking, ‘Should I put the sprinklers on now?’” Gwen continued. “It is really scary, especially when you’re going to sleep by yourself. And you’ve seen my house, you know what it’s like, and my son’s like ‘Don’t wear your earplugs tonight, turn your ringer on (on your cell phone) so you can hear if someone calls’.”

Ellen isn’t the only celebrity evacuee – Lea Michele was forced out of her home and Lionel Richie was forced to cancel a show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night so he could stay in Los Angeles and help family members escape the flames.

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Octavia Spencer used to snack on peanut butter in her sleep

Octavia Spencer used to snack on peanut butter in her sleep

Octavia Spencer used to have a major peanut butter problem – she’d snack on it in her sleep.

The actress, who is currently promoting her new movie The Shape of Water, made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night (07Dec17) which was guest-hosted by her long-time pal Melissa McCarthy.

During the chat, Melissa brought up one of her favourite stories about Octavia, in which she once blamed a roommate for her disappearing stocks of peanut butter and spoons, when she was actually to blame.

“About 15 years ago I had a roommate. Sweet girl, but I thought she had a problem with spoons because there were never any spoons,” the star recalled. “And I like to try to have my peanut butter, instead of having it on a sandwich, I like to lick it on the spoon – so it’s you know, less calories… and for some reason, there was never any spoons and I was always running out of peanut butter.”

Octavia became increasingly infuriated over the situation, as the nut spread was her “lifeline” as a young performer. Even though she had blamed her roommate for the mystery, the Oscar winner eventually found out that she was the actual culprit.

“It happened that I was spring cleaning and I had this cute little sleigh bed, so I was flipping it to turn the mattress. I found all of these spoons with peanut butter caked on them,” the 47-year-old explained. “It wasn’t the side of the bed that I slept on, so I was just rolling over to the other side, tucking my spoons underneath like a squirrel, in my sleep!”

Octavia added that she never told her roommate about her sleep disorder as she was “too embarrassed”.

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Ed Sheeran had to borrow clothes from Niall Horan after bus mishap on night out

Ed Sheeran had to borrow clothes from Niall Horan after bus mishap on night out

Ed Sheeran had to borrow some of Niall Horan’s clothes after they were involved in a minor road mishap on a recent night out.

Niall has been touring the U.S. with his post-One Direction solo material, and after playing at the Wild 94.9 Jingle Ball in San Jose, California last month (Nov17), Ed hopped on the Irish singer’s tour bus with rapper Logic for a night out in San Francisco.

“We decided before we got on, probably because Ed’s got ginger hair, but we decided that we were going to have Irish night on the bus,” Niall said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (07Dec17). “And it turns out Ed knows more about Ireland than all of us put together and all of us are Irish.

“We’re going along, just leaving the venue and some car pulls out in front of our bus. We’re all there having beers listening to these jiggy Irish songs. And then some car pulls in front of us, and obviously we can’t see through the window, so our bus goes ‘doff’, slams on its brakes. I go flying, we’re all lying on top of each other, it’s weird. I hit my nose off the top of a bottle of beer, it was very aggressive. Beer absolutely everywhere.”

The beer spill left Ed with a wet top, so he had to borrow some of Niall’s clothes. However, the singers aren’t the same size, which meant the Shape of You star didn’t have much choice when it came to picking a new outfit.

“So he starts trying on jackets. Ed’s my height, but he’s a little bit broader in the shoulders so nothing would fit him. And he goes, ‘what’s that?’ I was at a Boston Bruins hockey game three weeks previous and they gave me a home shirt with Horan number 17 on the back. And that was the only thing Ed could wear,” Niall laughed. “So we end up going to the pub. As if we weren’t recognisable enough.”

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John Legend gets excited when daughter Luna plays the piano

John Legend gets excited when daughter Luna plays the piano

John Legend has high hopes that his daughter Luna will follow in his musical footsteps.

The All of Me hitmaker, who announced he is expecting his second child with wife Chrissy Teigen last month (Nov17), is secretly hoping to have another popstar in the family.

John opened up about his experiences co-parenting with Chrissy and his desire for his daughter, Luna, 19 months, and their new arrival at an event in Los Angeles on Thursday (07Dec17).

“I want them (Luna and the baby on the way) to find what they’re passionate about and commit to it,” John told ET during the singer’s LVE Collection wine tasting event in Hollywood. “Whatever it is, I’ll support them. I love when Luna plays around with the piano, and I love when she plays with her little toy microphone that my friend bought her for her birthday. I get excited when it looks like she’s following in my footsteps.”

However, like most children of her age, Luna is happily exploring all the options and like her model mother, a keen foodie who is also a cookbook author, John revealed she has her own little play kitchen and loves being around when Chrissy is cooking.

“Who knows what she’s going to do when she’s older,” he mused. “Maybe she’ll be an engineer, maybe she’ll be a computer programmer, or maybe she’ll be, anything, you know. I just want her to know that she can do anything.”

Even though the pair dated for four years before marrying in Como, Italy in 2013, John admitted that parenting was a whole new ball game which they had to learn to navigate together.

“Part of it is learning how to parent together, because even though Chrissy and I have been together for a long time, we haven’t been parents together until the last year,” he shared. “I think you start to learn how to parent together and what kind of responsibilities you want to share and take on.”

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Roxy Music Plan Massive 45th Anniversary Reissue of Debut LP

Roxy Music Plan Massive 45th Anniversary Reissue of Debut LP

Art rock pioneers Roxy Music will revisit their 1972 self-titled debut album in early 2018 with a 45th anniversary reissue packed with unreleased demos, outtakes, radio sessions and more.

Roxy Music: 45th Anniversary Edition will arrive February 2nd in a variety of formats, including a 3CD/DVD Super Deluxe Edition that also comes packed with a 136-page book.

In addition to the remastered original album, the reissue also features alternate versions of every Roxy Music song, whether in the form of their introductory demo tape and studio outtakes. Roxy Music’s BBC performances from the era, including a pair of Peel Sessions and a March 1972 radio concert, are also housed in the deluxe reissue.

The DVD will boast a 5.1 surround sound remix courtesy of Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson as well as live performances from 1972, including the band’s “Virginia Plain” performance from Top of the Pops and four songs played on French TV at Paris’ Bataclan.

Roxy Music arrived in June 1972 after the band had roughly 10 shows under their belt. At the time, the band was comprised of singer Bryan Ferry, saxophonist Andy Mackay, guitarist Phil Manzanera, drummer Paul Thompson and Brian Eno, who handled synthesizers and “treatments” early in Roxy Music’s tenure.

Ferry said of reaction to the band’s self-titled album in a statement, “We never really felt accepted, I can see how the old guard would have felt threatened by it, because it was so jammed full of ideas and a massive amount of energy. But we hadn’t paid our dues, not in the same way. And we’re still not a part of it, not really, even to this day. That’s been very hard over the years, to try and make it work without being one of them. The ‘them’ is always different, but we’re not part of it. It’s been one of the triumphs, that we’ve managed to stay sane. Or sane-ish. We’re a part of it all, somehow, but still on the outside.”

Mackay added, “Late ‘71/‘72 Roxy was our Arts Lab. The place where we exchanged ideas and dreams freely and created and explored a new sound landscape. We stepped into Command Studios with a complete album in our heads (and half the next one) and it only needed the tape to start running … no album was as easy to record again.

Roxy Music 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

DISC ONE: THE ALBUM
1. “Re-Make/Re-Model”
2. “Ladytron”
3. “If There Is Something”
4. “Virginia Plain”
5. “2 HB”
6. “The BOB (Medley)”
7. “Chance Meeting”
8. “Would You Believe?”
9. “Sea Breezes”
10. “Bitters End”

DISC TWO: DEMOS & OUTTAKES
EARLY DEMOS April/May 71
“Ladytron”
“2 HB”
“Chance Meeting”
“The BOB (Medley)”

ALBUM OUTTAKES
“Instrumental”
“Re-Make/Re-Model”
“Ladytron”
“If There Is Something”
“2 HB”
“The BOB (Medley)”
“Chance Meeting”
“Sea Breezes”
“Bitters End”
“Virginia Plain”

DISC THREE: THE BBC SESSIONS
THE PEEL SESSIONS 4/1/72
“If There Is Something”
“The BOB (Medley)”
“Would You Believe?”
“Sea Breezes”
“Re-Make/Re-Model”

THE PEEL SESSIONS 25/5/72
“2 HB”
“Ladytron”
“Chance Meeting”

THE PEEL SESSIONS 25/5/72
“Virginia Plain”
“If There Is Something”

BBC IN CONCERT 3/8/72
“The BOB (Medley)”
“Sea Breezes”
“Virginia Plain”
“Chance Meeting”
“Re-Make/Re-Model”

DISC FOUR: DVD

The full album remixed in 5.1 by Steven Wilson

VIDEOS
“Re-Make/Re-Model” The Royal College Of Art, 6/6/72
“Ladytron” The Old Grey Whistle Test, 20/6/72
“Virginia Plain” Top Of The Pops, 24/8/72
“Re-Make/Re-Model” Full House, 25/11/72
“Ladytron” Full House, 25/11/72
“Would You Believe” French TV, Bataclan, Paris, 26/11/72
“If There Is Something” French TV, Bataclan, Paris, 26/11/72
“Sea Breezes” French TV, Bataclan, Paris, 26/11/72
“Virginia Plain” French TV, Bataclan, Paris, 26/11/72

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Watch Gregg Allman’s Poignant ‘Song for Adam’ Video

Watch Gregg Allman’s Poignant ‘Song for Adam’ Video

A biker reflects on an old friendship in the poignant new video for Gregg Allman‘s take on Jackson Browne‘s “Song for Adam.” Browne lends his vocals to the track, which closes the late Allman’s final album, Southern Blood. Allman died in May and the “Song for Adam” video arrives on what would have been his 70th birthday.

The emotional acoustic ballad, about a friend who is suddenly gone, provides a fitting soundtrack for the Erica Silverman–directed video. The clip stars Zach Chance (of Jamestown Revival), Yates Robertson, Zoe Graham and Johnny McPhail, and the narrative jumps between past and present. In the flashbacks, two friends ride motorcycles down sprawling country roads, but in the present, one of them, now an old man, trudges through a quiet but uneventful life on his own.

Silverman tells Rolling Stone that the character in “Song for Adam” “really reminded me of my father. He was a motorcycle riding badass, who lived and died in Florida. I pulled a lot of the narrative from his life. He and Gregg were born the same year and probably would’ve been buds.”

Of the clip, she adds: “We worked hard on this little video, shooting in multiple cities all over Texas. I grew up listening to the Allman Brothers, and couldn’t believe the opportunity. Gregg and his music represent so much to so many different people. I hope the video carries an ounce of his spirit. This is for you Gregg, I miss you, we all miss you. And congrats on that Grammy nomination! Some legends never die.”

Southern Blood was released posthumously in September. In an interview with Rolling Stone, producer Don Was reflected on the making of the album and the emotional session that produced “Song for Adam.” Was said Allman chose the song because it reminded him of his late brother, Duane, and when he arrived at the line “Still it seems he stopped singing in the middle of his song,” Was said the rocker began to choke up. 

“He wasn’t able to finish the verse,” Was said. “He never got the last two lines. I know he was thinking about his brother. We all decided, ‘Let’s not fix it.'”

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Breaking Down the Best Albums of 2017: Trends, Surprises and Methodology

Breaking Down the Best Albums of 2017: Trends, Surprises and Methodology

How did Kesha’s Rainbow end up near the top of the top of Rolling Stone‘s list of the top 50 albums of 2017? Why is Jay-Z’s 4:44 ranked below Migos’ Culture? Who are Open Mike Eagle, Code Orange and Songhoy Blues? Why did 2017 see so many pop acts embracing rock, and rock bands going pop? These questions and more are answered in the latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, which dives deep into our albums list, as well as some of the thinking behind it.

Rolling Stone‘s Jon Dolan, Brittany Spanos and Chris Weingarten join the show’s host, Brian Hiatt, to explain the list, play some choice music samples, and take a look at the year’s broader trends in music. Listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Spotify, or check it out below. 

For more on the 2017’s best albums, check out our round-up below of the first half of the year, in which Hiatt, Spanos and Weingarten go deeper on Drake, Kendrick Lamar and much more. And tune in Fridays at 1 p.m. ET to hear Rolling Stone Music Now broadcast live on Sirius XM’s Volume, channel 106.

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Watch Niall Horan Perform Sleek ‘Too Much to Ask’ on ‘Fallon’

Watch Niall Horan Perform Sleek ‘Too Much to Ask’ on ‘Fallon’

Niall Horan performed a sleek version of “Too Much to Ask” – a breakup ballad from his recently issued debut solo LP, Flicker – on Thursday’s Tonight Show. The former One Direction singer crooned over a stark piano pattern before the arrangement swelled with a lush electric guitar backdrop.

In an interview, the Irish musician also shared some touring and drinking stories – including his annual bar-hopping tradition, “12 Pubs of Christmas,” with friends back home. “There are rules,” he said. “Some pubs, between four and five, you have to link arms with one of your mates and then walk backwards to the next pub. Then you have a certain amount of time to drink. We should make it into a documentary – I’d watch it.”

The singer enthused about returning to tour buses after having traveled the world on private jets toward the end of One Direction’s run. “Our guitarist came up with this thing where we’d have a different [theme] every night on the bus,” he said, recalling how Ed Sheeran recently joined his band for one such evening on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour.

“We decided before we got on the bus, probably because Ed’s got ginger hair, that we were going to have Irish night,” he said. “We’re going along, just leaving the venue, and some car pulls in front of the bus … Our bus just slams on its brakes. I go flying; we’re all lying on top of each other. I hit my nose on the top of a bottle of beer. There’s beer absolutely everywhere.”

Since everyone was covered in beer, Horan helped out Sheeran by lending him his Boston Bruins shirt with a custom-designed “Horan 17” on the back. “We end up going to the pub,” the singer said, laughing. “As if we weren’t recognized enough, he’s got bright ginger hair, and he’s wearing my jersey with ‘Horan’ on the back of it.” 

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10 Best Music Books of 2017

10 Best Music Books of 2017

The best music books of 2017 have very little in common with one another. They range from an incredibly in-depth look at Bob Dylan’s gospel years to a wildly-entertaining oral history of the early 2000s New York rock revival to a surreal adventure through the eclectic mind of Art Garfunkel. But they’re all fascinating and destined to be cherished for years and years to come. 

Dreaming the Beatles

Veteran Rolling Stone critic Sheffield’s exploration of the Beatles’ impact across the decades is one of the most original and insightful books ever written about the Fab Four. He’s brilliant on everything from George Harrison’s disastrous 1974 solo tour to the Bee Gees’ Sgt. Pepper’s movie. “The world keeps dreaming the Beatles,” Sheffield writes, “long after the Beatles themselves figured the dream was over.” 

Meet Me in the Bathroom

A fast-paced oral history of the early-’00s New York rock scene that produced the Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others. Goodman hung out at the time with many of its biggest stars, so there’s an unguarded intimacy as she details events like Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.’s descent into drug abuse. “We were all chasing New York City,” she writes. “And for a few magical years, we caught it.”

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Trouble in Mind

The world’s premier Dylan expert offers a deep-dive defense of his subject’s much-maligned “gospel” period, from 1979 to 1981 (the book is timed to coincide with a new gospel-themed edition of The Bootleg Series). Heylin goes concert by concert and session by session, adding clarity to a murky era and convincingly arguing that Dylan’s late Seventies are nearly as important as his mid-Sixties. A great piece of rock revisionism.

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What Is It All But Luminous

Anyone expecting a straightforward autobiography from Art Garfunkel will be disappointed. Anyone wanting to spend an enjoyably surreal 241 pages swimming in the singer’s mind will be delighted. What emerges is a uniquely entertaining pop-music memoir, touching on every-thing from his spats with Paul Simon to his love of colonics to his 14-year walk across the continental United States. 

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Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life

Redding was just beginning to realize his artistic possibilities when he died in a plane crash at 26. Facts about his childhood and rise to fame remain sketchy, but Gold has managed to construct a revelatory portrait of a man he calls “soul music’s greatest apostle of devotion.” 

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Liner Notes

The author of folk songs like “Dilated to Meet You” and “I Remember Sex” pens a hilariously candid memoir. Wainwright doesn’t shy away from embarrassing details, such as his many infidelities and the envy he feels for his successful kids, Rufus and Martha.

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Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

Mitchell’s story has been told in books, but she’s never cooperated with a biographer until now. The folk icon gave Yaffe complete access, opening up about her music, struggles with drugs, and even the time Miles Davis made a pass at her. 

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Once Upon a Time in Shaolin

In 2014, the Wu-Tang Clan pulled off one of the weirdest stunts in music history, pressing a single copy of a new LP, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and offering it to the highest bidder, who wound up being disgraced “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli. The Elmore Leonard-esque tale is recounted here.

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Lou Reed: A Life

Rolling Stone contributing editor DeCurtis got closer to Reed than any other journalist, developing a friendship he mines for this gripping bio, which tells the story behind every one of Reed’s albums and doesn’t skimp on the details of his titanic temper and bouts of unforgivable cruelty to those closest to him.

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Runnin’ With the Devil

Van Halen’s manager from 1978 to 1985 takes us on a guided tour of the backstage debauchery he witnessed during the band’s peak – from homemade sex films with groupies to a food fight near Journey that left Steve Perry covered in guacamole, softly crying to himself in the bathroom.

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