Oct 22

Paula Abdul goes straight (up) to Las Vegas, as ‘Forever Your Girl’ residency launches tonight

Courtesy Caesars EntertainmentPaula Abdul wants you to remember she's Forever Your Girl -- and she'll officially launch her Las Vegas residency by that name tonight at the Flamingo hotel.  With this show, featuring her chart-topping hits and iconic choreography, Paula promises to deliver a "interactive," "joyous and fun" experience every night.

"It's so much easier to be in one place and not have to travel all over," she tells ABC Audio about choosing a Vegas run rather than a tour this time around. "I mean...I'm, like, one of those crazy ones that love being on the bus, but there's nothing like being stationed in one place...I've always felt that my show belongs in Las Vegas."

Paula says playing an intimate room allows her to interact with the fans, which she loves.

"The audience is so present right there and it's a lot of fun. It's heartfelt. There's an incredible library of my choreography. It's really joyous and fun," she adds.  Plus, her famous duet partner from her 1989 hit "Opposites Attract" is coming along for the ride.

"[MC] Skat Kat is part of the show," she reveals of the famous cartoon feline. "He's a little filthy, and he has this dressing room that's bigger than mine....but it's O.K.!"

The only tough part, Paula admits, is remembering the game-changing choreography she created for hits like "Straight Up."

"I've choreographed so many routines, but for whatever reason, I forget those steps. But I remember Laker Girls routines!" she laughs. "So honestly, I have to talk to my body and I have to take time warming up, eat properly, try to get enough sleep. But I love what I'm doing, so it's a joy." 

The show plays through October 26, and then again from Nov. 26-Dec. 19.

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   Oct 22

After appearing in Taylor Swift’s video, YouTube star Hannah Hart’s waiting for her Moon Man

TAS Rights ManagementYouTube and Food Network star Hannah Hart is one of many queer celebrities who appeared in Taylor Swift's video for "You Need to Calm Down," which won the MTV VMA for Video of the Year on August 26.  Hannah tells ABC Audio that the video's huge cast may all be getting very special deliveries courtesy of Taylor at some point.

"I actually think Taylor is giving everybody awards," says Hannah. "I mean, I haven't seen mine yet, but I think she's mailing them to people...I think she asked for everyone who was involved in the video to also receive a[n] MTV Moon Man. So that's pretty cool!"

If Hannah's right, some of the stars who'll be receiving their very own Moon Men include Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert, Adam Rippon, the Queer Eye cast and Billy Porter.

Hannah was actually onstage with Taylor when she accepted the award, and she tells ABC Audio, "Honestly, as a queer person, it was super dope that a video supporting our rights made it as video of the year, and that is just a moment I'll never forget....it gives a really good message to all the kids growing up in America today."

But surprisingly, considering Hannah's best-known for her hit YouTube series My Drunk Kitchen, she says she and Taylor -- or even Drunk Taylor -- haven't gotten together to cook or bake anything since the video shoot. But she's got an idea of what they could make.

"We could make cookies that look like our cats!" declares Hannah. "'Cause she's got cats and I've got cats, and that's a real conversation starter." 

Your move, Taylor.

Hannah's new book, My Drunk Kitchen Holidays!, is out now.

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   Oct 21

Kesha drops trailer for ‘High Road,’ an album of “pure and utter debaucherous joy”

Dana TrippeThe new era of Kesha is upon us. The singer took to Twitter to announce that her new album High Road is "coming."

"I feel like this time around I reconnected to the unrestrained joy and wildness that’s always been a part of me, and in this process I have had the most fun I’ve ever had making a record," she writes. "I hope you love it as much as I loved making it, and know I always have y’all in mind."

The singer also dropped an album trailer, which features the singer prancing through what looks like a number of different videos -- or one very, very complicated one -- adopting several personas, outfits and wigs. We also hear snippets of new songs, including one that brings to mind her first #1 hit, "Tik Tok," and another that features her proclaiming, "I don't wanna go to heaven without raising hell."

"When I wrote Rainbow, I was in a very different headspace," she explains, referring to her previous album, which came out in 2017 in the wake of her headline-grabbing lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke.

"I had to address some very serious things," she continues. "But now on my new record, I revisit my roots of pure and utter debaucherous joy."

No word yet on a release date for High Road.

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