RhinoNext month, Stevie Nicks will become the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Fame twice. To mark the occasion, Rhino Records is launching a major compilation celebrating the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman's decades-long career focusing on her work outside of her famous band.
Stand Back, which arrives March 29, will be available as an 18-track single CD, and also will be released in digital and streaming versions. In addition, a 50-track, three-CD version of the compilation, titled Stand Back: 1981-2017, will be released on April 19, while a six-LP vinyl edition of the same set will become available on June 28.
The single-disc version of Stand Back features all of Stevie's biggest hits, including the title track, "Edge of Seventeen," "If Anyone Falls," "Talk to Me" and more. Also included are her respective hit duets with Don Henley and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, "Leather and Lace" and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," respectively. Live versions of the Fleetwood Mac tracks "Dreams" and "Gold Dust Woman" round out that package.
The three-CD and six-LP sets adds more live tracks, and more collaborations, including Stevie's duets with Sheryl Crow, Dave Grohl, Kenny Loggins, LeAnn Rimes, Lady Antebellum and John Stewart. Movie soundtrack songs, such as "Blue Lamp" from Heavy Metal and "Sleeping Angel" from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, are also included.
The 2019 Rock Hall ceremony takes place March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Stevie will be inducted as a solo artist at the event, after previously being welcomed into the Hall as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998.
Here's the track listing for the single-CD version of Stand Back:
"Edge of Seventeen" (Single Version) "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (Single Version) -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Leather and Lace" (Single Version) -- with Don Henley "Rooms On Fire" (U.S. Single Version) "Stand Back" (Single Version) "If Anyone Falls" (Single Version) "Talk to Me" (Single Version) "I Can't Wait" (Single Version) "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" "Long Way to Go" "Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind" (Radio Remix) "Blue Denim" "Every Day" "Secret Love" "The Dealer" "Lady" "Dreams" (Live) "Gold Dust Woman" (Live)
And here's the track listing from the three-CD set:
Disc 1 "Edge of Seventeen" "Rooms On Fire" "Stand Back" "After the Glitter Fades" "If Anyone Falls" "Talk to Me" "I Can't Wait" "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" "Long Way to Go" "Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind" "Blue Denim" "Every Day" "Planets of the Universe" "Secret Love" "For What It's Worth" "The Dealer" "Lady"
Disc 2 "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Leather and Lace"- with Don Henley "Nightbird" "I Will Run to You" -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Two Kinds of Love" "Whenever I Call You 'Friend'" -- with Kenny Loggins "Magnet & Steel" -- with Walter Egan "Gold" -- with John Stewart "Too Far from Texas" -- with Natalie Maines "Sorcerer" "You're Not the One" -- with Sheryl Crow "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" -- with Chris Isaak "Cheaper than Free" -- featuring Dave Stewart "You Can't Fix This" -- with Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Rami Jaffee "Golden" -- with Lady Antebellum "Blue Water" -- featuring Lady Antebellum "Borrowed" -- with LeAnn Rimes "Beautiful People Beautiful Problems" -- with Lana Del Rey
Disc 3 "Gold Dust Woman" (Live) "Dreams" (Live) "Angel" (Live) "Rhiannon" (Live) "Landslide" (Live) -- with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra "Sara" (Live from The Soundstage Sessions) "Crash Into Me" (Live from The Soundstage Sessions) "Circle Dance" (Live from The Soundstage Sessions) "Needles and Pins" (Live) -- with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Rock and Roll" (Live) "Blue Lamp" (from Heavy Metal soundtrack) "Sleeping Angel" (from Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack) "If You Ever Did Believe" (from Practical Magic soundtrack) "Crystal" (from Practical Magic soundtrack) "Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go" (from Book of Henry soundtrack)
John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCThere’s already one Celine Dion film in the works...so why not make it two?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a biopic about the singer called Celine Before Celine is set to start filming in 2020.
The film, from Quebec director Marc-Andre Lavoie, will follow Celine’s early life before she found stardom, and it has the blessing of the Dion family. Celine’s nephew, Jimmy Dion, will be a screenwriter on the project.
The family has also given Lavoie access to family testimonies and archives related to Celine's upbringing as one of 14 children in French-speaking Quebec.
In a letter Celine sent to the filmmakers, she wrote, ''I wanted to let you know just how much I was touched by the film that you are preparing. With your unique approach, you managed to seize the essence of a period that is very dear to my heart."
As previously reported, another Celine-related movie is coming to the big screen called The Power of Love. It won’t be a biopic, however. Variety reports it will be a fictional “homage” to Celine, using her hit songs, and it will be loosely based on her life.
ABC/Randy HolmesIt's Friday, which means there's a selection of new songs for you to enjoy.
John Mayer has released the folky tune "I Guess I Just Feel Like," a song he first debuted during a show in October. Commenting on the current state of humanity, he sings, "I guess I just feel like/Nobody's honest/Nobody's true/Everyone's lying/To make it on through/I guess I just feel like/I'm the same way too." John will launch a tour March 23 in New Zealand.
Adam Lambert returns with the reflective ballad "Feel Something." In a lengthy letter to fans on Thursday, he says the song was, "written about me climbing out of [a] low period...between frustrations with my career and many lost connections, I felt numb...that's what inspired me to cry out, 'I don't need to feel love, I just want to feel something!'" The song is a preview of Adam's new album; the first "official" single is due this spring.
Melissa Etheridge has released "Faded by Design," the first song from her upcoming album The Medicine Show, due April 12. She says, "The sound of the song and the whole record is purposefully aimed at that 90's rock sound. When rock was moody and fierce. 'Faded' is spot-on a Melissa Etheridge song. You know it from the first few notes."
Epic RecordsSara Bareilles has released the video for “Fire,” the second single off her forthcoming album Amidst the Chaos.
In the clip, Sara stands in front of a blazing bonfire and sings about a relationship that never quite sparked. As she sings, we see a man and a woman performing an impassioned interpretive dance together at a bar.
"We were never gonna catch fire/We'd have burned up in the flames/Oh before they ever rose up high," Sara sings on the track. "Someday I/I won't have to feel the cold/That I do now/So I'll know what it feels like when I feel fire."
She joins the couple at the end, standing in the middle as they dance on the tables on either side of her.
“Fire” follows Sara’s previous single, “Armor.” Both appear on the track list for Amidst the Chaos, out April 5.
Lady Gaga competes for her first-ever acting Oscar Sunday night. And while it's pretty impressive for anybody to score an Oscar nod for their first film role, Gaga isn't just anybody. According to colleagues both old and new, she's pretty extraordinary.
"I loved her from afar for a long time," says Oscar nominee Sam Elliott, who plays Bradley Cooper's character's brother in A Star Is Born.
"My daughter Cleo's Gaga's age, so I've been listening to Stefani's music for a long time," Elliott tells ABC Radio, using the singer's birth name. "But having a chance to get in close and, y'know, fall in love with her on a different level, up close...it was an amazing experience."
In fact, Elliott loves being able to call Gaga by her birth name.
"She's Gaga onstage, she's Gaga in all that stuff she puts on, those get-ups," he chuckles. "But on a personal level, she, to me, is Stefani."
Another artistn who worked with Gaga before she was famous, agrees that her Oscar nod isn't that shocking.
"I'm not surprised. I mean, if anybody deserves an Oscar nomination it's her," New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre tells ABC Radio. "She's a wonderful, powerful, humble performer. She was so nice and kind, and just ready to mix it up."
Joey recalls that in 2008, a then-unknown Gaga appeared as a featured artist on the New Kids' 2008 album, The Block, and then toured with them as their opening act.
"We were in the studio together right before she had her first hit," he says. "And, you marvel [at] that...it's one of those 'smile stories.'"
Tune in to the Academy Awards Sunday night on ABC to see if Gaga wins Best Actress, Best Original Song, or both.
Michael Jackson, Wade Robson. photo: HBOMichael Jackson isn't here to defend himself anymore, but his lawyers are working overtime defending him posthumously.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael's estate has filed a lawsuit against HBO and its parent company Time Warner, claiming the cable channel's upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland breaches a non-disparagement clause in a decades-old contract.
Variety reports that the suit claims the estate could be due $100 million if it wins the dispute.
Leaving Neverland focuses on two adults, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim they were sexually abused by the late King of Pop as children.
Back in 1992, HBO made a deal to air one of Michael's concerts from his Dangerous tour. The estate claims that in the contract HBO signed at the time, the cable channel promised not to "make any disparaging remarks concerning [Jackson]" or "do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation or public image of [Jackson].'"
The estate also claims that the 1992 contract requires HBO to "notify and consult with Jackson...if it wishes to air additional programming about Jackson."
The complaint further notes that Leaving Neverland suggests that Michael abused Robson and Safechuck while he was on the Dangerous tour.
It concludes that HBO "profited off the Dangerous World Tour" in 1992 and is now "profiting off" the same tour by "airing a 'documentary' that falsely claims Michael Jackson was abusing children on the...tour."
In response, HBO said, in a statement provided to ABC News, "Despite the desperate lengths taken to undermine the film, our plans remain unchanged. HBO will move forward with the airing of Leaving Neverland...on March 3 and 4th. This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”
Carter SmithCould Kelly Clarkson be planning on making a special appearance -- or even performing -- at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards?
The original American Idol is nominated for Music Event of the Year at the 54th ACMs for "Keeping Score," her collaboration with Dan Shay from their current self-titled album.
Responding to the news, Kelly tweeted, "YES!!!!! #Keeping Score," adding "See ya in Vegas Dan Shay."
While we'll have to keep watching to see exactly what that means, Kelly's musical hero and former stepmother-in-law, Reba McEntire, is also hosting the Sunday, April 7 show at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Kelly's not exactly an ACM virgin, by the way. She's been nominated a total of five times, and won both Single Record and Vocal Event of the Year in 2011 for "Don't You Wanna Stay," her duet with Jason Aldean.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAhead of tonight's release of his brand-new song “Feel Something,” Adam Lambert has penned a personal and revealing message to fans.
He starts off the message by thanking fans for their “patience and continued faith” in him, adding that he's currently “coming out of a dark period of second-guessing my own artistry and having my mental health suffer because of it.”
"I started asking myself, 'is all this hustle really worth it?'” he continues. “I put all my focus on my work and started to feel detached in my personal life. My self-worth was suffering. I was lonely and becoming depressed."
He credits touring with Queen with recharging his energy and says he was able to pull himself out of the darkness with “a bit of professional help and the support of colleagues, friends and family.”
Adam says he began writing songs for his new album and decided to change up his team; he hired a new management company and signed with a new record label.
“Feel Something,” he says, is the “emotional starting point” of his new album.
"This was written about me climbing out of the low period, defying my disillusionment, owning my needs, and opening my heart,” he writes.
Adam concludes, “Since writing this song, I've found the joy I was missing and I'm back in my power. I can't wait for you to hear more!"
"Feel Something" drops at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. Adam and Queen will also perform on Sunday night's Oscar telecast on ABC.
ABC NewsRachel Platten gave birth to her daughter, Violet Skye, less than a month ago, but she’s already dealing with online mommy shamers.
The singer tells People that she's had to deal with some recent criticism over the fact that she left her newborn at home to attend a Grammy event.
“It was the first time I had gone out [since Violet’s birth] and I timed it really well,” she tells the mag. “I knew she had an hour and a half to sleep and the event was close by and I did have someone write [on my socials], ‘Wow, I was too obsessed with my newborn to leave her.’”
Rachel says the comment hurt, but she decided to calmly respond, telling the woman, “I’m just as obsessed with mine. I’m also just as obsessed with self-care and my own mental health.”
She continued, “I know that going out and being around powerful women at this Grammy event is something that’s going to be able to make me come back home a more strong, whole-hearted mommy.”
While she’s aware that the shaming is probably going to continue, she says, “I hope that I can just respond with love and education. I hope I don’t let it get to me too much.”
ABC/Image Group LAAlessia Cara and Shawn Mendes: both Canadian. Both discovered online as teens. And now, both on tour together.
Alessia has been announced as the special guest for the U.S., U.K. and Europe dates of Shawn's upcoming world tour, which kicks off March 7 in Europe and runs through the fall. Ironically, Alessia isn't appearing on Shawn's Canadian tour dates.
Announcing the tour on Twitter, Alessia wrote, "Come hang with a bunch of Canadians. we’re nice."
Shawn then dug up and retweeted a tweet he sent six years ago, in which he raved over Alessia's breakout YouTube cover of The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather." He captioned it, "Alessia Cara Stan since 2013."
Alessia then replied, "A fan before I had fans I’m emotional."
Shawn's also added 16 shows to the North American leg of the tour, including second concerts in Chicago, L.A., Boston, Montreal and Brooklyn, New York.
Pre-sales for the new tour dates start February 23 and continue through March 1. The public on-sale date is March 2 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit ShawnAccess.com to find out how to register for the pre-sales.
Here are Shawn's new tour dates:
6/17 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre 6/24 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 6/25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum 6/28 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena 7/06 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center 7/14 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena 8/03 -- Louisville, KY, KFC YUM! Center 8/11 -- Newark NJ, Prudential Center 8/16 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 8/20 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre 8/23 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center 8/26 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 8/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 8/30 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 8/31 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
Joseph LlanesVia Seventeen.com, Andy Grammer has premiered the video for "Don't Give Up on Me," the song he wrote for the upcoming movie Five Feet Apart.
The movie is about two teens, played by Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson, who have Cystic Fibrosis. They fall in love, but they can never truly be together because they have to maintain a certain physical distance from each other due to their health. The film is directed by actor Justin Baldoni, an old pal of Andy's.
The video inserts Andy into various sets and scenes from the movie, as he sings the tune about lovers overcoming obstacles. He tells Seventeen, "I think it's one of the most basic parts of being alive with other humans...not giving up on them when things get hard. Sticking with someone through the hard stuff. I love writing about that."
Andy adds that he watched the movie first and "loved it." He tells Seventeen that he, "ugly cried in a hotel room when I saw one of the first cuts."
"It's a beautiful story. I lost my mom 10 years ago to breast cancer so stories told in hospitals hit home a little extra hard for me," he explains. "Perseverance through disease especially in the name of someone you love will always be inspiring."
A portion of the proceeds from the song will go to Claire's Place Foundation, Inc. Named in honor of activist and author Claire Wineland, it supports families living with Cystic Fibrosis.
In a statement, Baldoni says, "I couldn't be more grateful to have Andy's incredible anthem as our main title song of Five Feet Apart. Andy and I have been friends for over 15 years...It's a special moment for our careers to converge like this."
Tyler ShieldsA Backstreet Boy has now officially gone country.
AJ McLean has released his first actual country single today, called “Boy and a Man.” He'll debut his country-influenced solo album, Long Road, this spring.
“‘Boy and a Man’ is that growing-up story about finding that one true love even when you’re super-young and never wanting to let that person go and really just hanging out for the long haul,” AJ tells People.
Last year, AJ tested the country music waters with two songs: “Back Porch Bottle Service” and “Night Visions.” He says he was inspired to explore the genre after the Backstreet Boys recorded “God, Your Mama, and Me” with Florida Georgia Line, and the two acts toured together.
Also an inspiration to him: his wife of seven years, Rochelle.
“My wife was truly the inspiration behind the album title,” he tells People. “When we first released ‘Back Porch Bottle Service’ as kind of a feeler track, she had posted a commented on my Instagram saying how proud she was of me, and she basically said, ‘Baby, this has been such a long road coming for you to finally get here.’”
He adds, “When I read that, I was like, ‘Wow, that really does ring true.’”
AJ’s got some busy months ahead. In addition to launching his solo project, he’ll be kicking off the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour in May. BSB wrap up their Las Vegas residency in April.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAdam Lambert’s performance with Queen at Sunday night's Oscar ceremony isn’t the only thing we have to look forward to from the singer.
According to Variety, the American Idol runner-up will be dropping a new song, “Feel Something,” tonight. It’s his first new track since last summer’s “Two Fux.”
Adam’s been hard at work on a new album, a follow-up to 2015’s The Original High. He previously revealed on Twitter that he has written “35-ish songs” so far.
“I have been working really hard on it!” he wrote. “The album is gonna be yummy! It’s basically all of my influences rolled into my own special blend.”
On Sunday, according to Variety, Adam will open the Oscars ceremony with Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, is nominated for five awards. Adam also has an uncredited cameo in the movie as a trucker who has a tryst with Mercury at a roadside rest stop.
Queen and Adam Lambert wrapped a successful Las Vegas residency last year and will tour together this summer.
Taron Egerton as Elton John in "Rocketman" from Paramount Pictures.If you thought Elton John's upcoming biopic Rocketman, described as a "musical fantasy," would only focus on the positive parts of the legendary star's life, a new trailer indicates otherwise.
The trailer, which runs for about two-and-a-half minutes, shows Elton's transformation from an unknown musician named Reginald Dwight into an outrageously dressed full-fledged rock star. We also see him struggling with substance abuse and the pressures of fame, and there's a reference to his secret relationship with his then-manager and lover, John Reid.
We also see a montage of career moments, as well as life events, including his ill-fated 1984 marriage to recording engineer Renate Blauel.
In one scene, Elton, played by Taron Egerton, is wearing one of his more over-the-top outfits, when he's confronted by Bernie Taupin, played by Jamie Bell.
"Don't you just wanna just sing without this ridiculous paraphernalia?" asks Bernie.
"People don't pay to see Reg Dwight!" sputters an angry Elton, wearing faux plumage that would make a peacock blush. "They pay to see ELTON JOHN!"
However, he quickly apologizes a moment later, meekly touching Taupin's arm. "I'm sorry."
Knowingly, his longtime writing partner replies, "I know."
Randall SlavinOn his new single "One Less Day (Dying Young)," Rob Thomas sings about seeing "my friends fall away before their time." Appearing on People Now on Wednesday, Rob explained that one of those friends was late British pop superstar George Michael.
"When I was writing this song, it was over like a year-and-a-half period...from one Christmas to another. And two years ago, we lost George Michael on Christmas night, and that was a big blow, he was a friend of our family," Rob explained. "Then the next year, on the day after Christmas, we lost one of our best friends in the world...[our tour manager] Jason Browning."
"I had written this chorus with the idea of, instead of being afraid of getting older, the idea of embracing it, because the alternative is pretty bleak," he continued.
The song's lyrics say, "I'm not afraid of getting older/I'm one less day from dying young," which Rob said is a positive spin on aging.
"Getting older isn't a privilege that's been afforded to everyone," he explained. "And there are more and more people I think that have to worry about that...and so I think the idea of embracing everyday and getting older was a better way to look at it."
"One Less Day" is the first single from Rob's upcoming solo album Chip Tooth Smile. He says the album's title refers to himself, because he cracked a tooth slam-dancing at a concert when he was 19.
He revealed, "When I met my wife, and I finally made enough money where I could have dental work, I had some stuff done, but she would never let me fix the crack, 'cause she liked my chip-toothed smile." Awww.
Adam Levine, foreground; PJ Morton, background (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)It's been several weeks since the Super Bowl, where Maroon 5's halftime performance was slammed by viewers and critics alike. But the band's keyboard player says the problem was that people were expecting Maroon 5 to do something they'd never planned to do in the first place.
Speaking to VIBE, Maroon 5's keyboard player PJ Morton says, "What I haven’t heard out of everybody is the critique that 'They sounded bad,' which is what I wanted to accomplish. I think they had expectations for us to do something other than play our songs."
PJ, who's been in the band for nine years, continues, "I can’t really let a bad critique [bother me] -- or really, not even bad...just like a regular 'It wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad' -- that’s what I’ve been hearing. It just doesn't do anything to me. I'm happy."
Morton says Maroon 5 had only one goal: making sure "that we play the music well and that we sounded good and we put on a good show."
He laughs, "I’m sorry that we couldn’t live up to the expectations -- like, I think we were supposed to do some backflips or something like that....I just wanted to play the music and that was our plan from the beginning and that’s what we did."
"I’m proud of my band mates for doing what we do," PJ, who won his first solo Grammy on February 10, adds. "We’re musicians and we play music and entertain people. That’s what we did."
PJ, who's African-American, didn't discuss the controversy surrounding Maroon 5's decision to perform in the first place. The band was criticized for participating in light of the NFL's treatment of players who chose to take a knee to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
Machado CicalaCher and Elle King will both appear on the upcoming special VH1 Trailblazer Honors, airing March 8 on both VH1 and Logo.
Cher will present an award to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of several women being honored during the special. Elle, meanwhile, will perform her song "Baby Outlaw," from her latest album Shake the Spirit.
It's not Cher's first time encountering the Speaker of the House. When she received the Kennedy Center Honors in December, she tweeted, "KCH Show Was Unbelievable. I Sat Between Nancy PELOSI & [fellow honoree, composer] Phillip GLASS."
The other honorees on the show include Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke.
The one-hour special airs on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Carter SmithKelly Clarkson, Bebe Rexha and Taylor Swift are able to move back and forth between the worlds of country and pop with ease, so it's no surprise they've each received nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be presented in Las Vegas in April.
Bebe is nominated for Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Music Event of the Year for "Meant to Be," her smash collaboration with Florida Georgia Line. It was a huge pop hit, but it also spent 50 weeks at #1 on Billboard's country chart.
Kelly is also up for Music Event of the Year. Her nod is for "Keeping Score," a collaboration she recorded with country duo Dan Shay. The "Tequila" duo is one of this year's leading ACM nominees, with six nods in all.
Taylor is up for Video of the Year for "Babe," her collaboration with Sugarland. Not only does she sing on the track, but she also co-stars in the video, along with Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.
Meanwhile, country star Maren Morris, who sang on the Grammy-nominated pop hit "The Middle," is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.
The ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will be handed out live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7, starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Emma McIntyre/AMA2018Welcome to New York -- you've been served.
The Blast reports that Taylor Swift is suing a business owner in Long Island, New York, accusing him of fraud. It's actually a countersuit: The owner of the store, which is called SwiftLife, is already suing Taylor, accusing her of infringing on his trademark with her recently discontinued app, "The Swift Life."
In her countersuit, Taylor claims the store owner, Patrick Lloyd Yves Benot, was able to get the name "SwiftLife" for his store by lying to the Trademark Office. In the suit, Taylor claims that when Benot registered the company, he used the name “S.L. SwiftLife Computer Services.”
Taylor claims this is proof that Benot never planned to use the name "SwiftLife" on its own...so he shouldn't be suing her over it. Accordingly, she's asking the court to cancel the store's trademark, and is also asking Benot to pay her legal bills.
The Blast says Benot is the owner and sole employee of SwiftLife Computer Services, which does computer consulting. He says he launched the company in 2007 and trademarked the name in 2008.
In 2017, Taylor launched her app "The Swift Life," and Benot claims his business has suffered due to the confusion.
Taylor initially responded by asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed, on the grounds that nobody was confusing the two SwiftLifes, because one is a company and one is an app and they are both marketed to different audiences.
However, The Blast reports that a judge recently allowed Benot's suit to move forward, hence Taylor's new countersuit.
ABC/Craig SjodinABC isn't missing out on the chance to remind people that the new season of American Idol is right around the corner.
At 4 p.m. ET, before the network starts its Academy Awards coverage this Sunday, viewers can watch the half-hour special American Idol: A New Journey Begins. It features Ryan Seacrest interviewing judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie about the new season of the show, and offers a preview of some of the talent we'll be seeing this year. The three singers will also answer fan questions and reveal "behind-the-scenes secrets."
Then, during the Oscars themselves, viewers will see a musical performance by American Idol hopefuls from the show's premiere episode on March 3. The prospective contestants will be seen singing from a rooftop in "the heart of Hollywood," and Ryan Seacrest will appear as well.
American Idol: A New Journey Begins begins at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on ABC. At 6:30 p.m., the 90-minute preview Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet begins, followed by the Oscars at 8 p.m. ET.
Interestingly, many of the artists you'll see singing on Sunday's Academy Awards have appeared on American Idol in the past, including Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, the rock band Queen and their lead singer Adam Lambert -- who was the runner-up on season eight -- and, of course, season three standout Jennifer Hudson.
American Idol premieres Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.