Taylor Swift: The songs I wrote at 16 are a gift
May 31st, 2011
06:37 PM ET

Taylor Swift: The songs I wrote at 16 are a gift

Taylor Swift has definitely done a lot of growing up since breaking onto the music scene at age 16. The 21-year-old says the most notable change is in her songwriting.

In an interview with MTV, Swift says that as an adult, she takes a different approach when writing about hurt and heartache.

"I had this song called 'Picture to Burn,' that's talking about how 'I hate your truck,' and 'I hate that you ignored me,' 'I hate you,'" she says of the tune from her 2006 debut album. "Now, the way that I would say that and the way that I would feel that kind of pain is a lot different."

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May 31st, 2011
04:26 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: One-on-one with Lady Gaga

We've got our one-on-one with Lady Gaga today on "Showbiz Tonight."

The superstar is speaking out about her racy “Edge of Glory” performance on “American Idol” that caused plenty of controversy, and she's also got a blunt message for her critics.

Something else I uncovered on the shoot: Lady Gaga's as gracious as they come.

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Cheryl Cole won't be on British 'X Factor,' either
May 31st, 2011
04:21 PM ET

Cheryl Cole won't be on British 'X Factor,' either

After reportedly getting replaced on the U.S. version of "The X Factor," Cheryl Cole seems to have been dumped from the U.K. edition too.

The former Girls Aloud singer, who had been a judge on Britain's "X Factor" since 2008, was not included among the panel members announced by series producer Simon Cowell on Monday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Those who did make the cut: Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland, "Take That" singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos of British hip-hop band N-Dubz, and boy-band impresario Louis Walsh.

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Coachella 2012: Two weekends, same festival
May 31st, 2011
04:18 PM ET

Coachella 2012: Two weekends, same festival

Coachella 2011 turned up the lights with Arcade Fire and hosted a memorable performance from a tearful Kanye West, but next year the festival is aiming even higher.

In 2012, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will do double time, offering two events in Indio, California, two weekends in a row. As a statement puts it, "festival organizers will attempt to produce two identical festival weekends–same lineup, same art, same place,” but with “different people.”

So if you miss out on the festival’s first weekend, April 13-15, then you can catch the same exact event the following weekend, April 20-22.

Weekend passes will be on advance sale from 10 a.m. PT, Friday, June 3 until 10 p.m. PT on Friday, June 10, for the price of $269 plus fees per pass.

Nick Cannon is 'Famous'
May 31st, 2011
03:02 PM ET

Nick Cannon is 'Famous'

Besides being a DJ, host of "America's Got Talent" and Mr. Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon has also been an actor, comic and aspiring music star.

The last two are on display in his latest song and music video "Famous," featuring singer Akon.

In the video for the upbeat song, Cannon portrays several famous stars, including the late Michael Jackson and M.C. Hammer. He even spoofs YouTube sensation Antoine Dodson.

The song has become so hot that it has already spawned a spoof of the spoof in which Cannon appears with another YouTube sensation, young Keenan Cahill.

Depp will be a legend, says 'Pirates' director
May 31st, 2011
02:31 PM ET

Depp will be a legend, says 'Pirates' director

Edward Scissorhands. The Mad Hatter. Captain Jack Sparrow. Johnny Depp has played his share of quirky characters over the years, and according to "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" director Rob Marshall, they're just the types of roles that will make him a Hollywood legend.

“He's as vivid as those great stars of the past, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable and Errol Flynn," Marshall tells the L.A. Times. "Many, many, many years from now, when people look at this generation of Hollywood, he will be considered the great star of this era. He's his own thing and he takes major chances every single time he makes a film."

Marshall and "Pirates" producer Jerry Bruckheimer both believe Depp would have made a great silent-movie star.

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