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What?… Jason Mraz Wants to Retire

Jason Mraz’s life is pretty great: his latest album debuted at #2 on the chart, he’s on tour, he does a lot of charity work and his music is loved by millions worldwide. That’s why it may surprise you to know that the singer says in three years, he’s planning on hanging up his guitar.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Jason, who’s 37, and his manager, have come up with a plan called “#Retiredat40.” If all goes according to plan, the singer will deliver the one album left on his contract, and then “check out for a while.”

“I’m just ready for a break. It feels like a corporate job sometimes,” Jason tells the paper.

So what will he do with all his free time if he goes through with this? According to the Times, Jason wants to garden, surf, do more charity work and have a child — he didn’t mention with whom. He wouldn’t necessarily stop making music, either. According to the Times, for every album he’s released, he has 70 songs left over that he could release if he wanted. He’d also like to make a Christmas or gospel album.

While he’s waiting to retire, Jason says he’s content with where he is in his career. “People aren’t walking around with my Trapper Keeper,” he tells the paper. “I’m not on their newsstands on their People magazines. But people might hear me on the radio or while they’re on their jog or in the kitchen baking. I’m totally great for that.”

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Bruno Mars Amoung America’s Top-10 Favorite Musicians

A newcomer to the annual Harris poll of music fans reveals Bruno Mars debuting at #6 of America’s favorite musician or band with The Beatles landing in the #1 spot. However, Midwesterners voted Mars as their #1 pick. The online poll of over 2300 Americans found that the Fab Four are #1 on the list, followed by the late King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Beyonce,who wasn’t even on the list the last time the poll was conducted back in 2010, places third this time around. Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin are also new to the list, debuting at #4, while country icon George Strait is #5.

Rounding out the top 10 are four artists who all tied for the #7 spot: Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Garth Brooks, and Celine Dion. Only Celine was on the list in 2010.

Whose fortunes have fallen? Artist who were in the top 10 in 2010 but failed to make the list this year include Lady Gaga, U2, the late Frank Sinatra, and country stars Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, and Alan Jackson.

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Even Kelly Clarkson Wish She Had A Body Like?

Kelly Clarkson wants her pre-baby body back. Except, it appears as though she’d like someone else’s body a lot more than her own.

After watching and live-tweeting the MTV VMAs on Sunday night, Kelly tweeted, “It’s official. I want a body like Nicki Minaj. That should take like 2 lifetimes for me to achieve haha! She has an amazing body! Goodness!”

Nicki’s body was very much on display Sunday night, since she performed in what amounted to a green bra and panties.

Kelly also had nice things to say about American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, tweeting in response to a photo of her from Sunday, “oh my gosh hahahaha! She is stunning! Wow, simply gorgeous!”

The singer was very much into compliments all around Sunday night, giving shout-outs to Jessie J and Ariana Grande, and tweeting to Sam Smith, “Amazing job! I don’t know you but I listen to your voice all the time. You are blessed with an incredible voice!”

She also tweeted to Beyonce, referring to the video the Video Vanguard winner showed at the end of her epic performance of her daughter Blue Ivy, “I am a new mama and totally crying at your baby tribute, also when you perform it is in-freakin-credible!!!”

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MDA Telethon: All The Musical Stars Coming Out

Josh Groban, Aloe Blacc and Jordin Sparks are among the stars appearing on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, on Sunday, August 31. The two-hour broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Josh and Aloe will be giving “one-of-a-kind” performances of their songs on the telecast, while Jordin is one of the celebrity presenters. Other performers include Jordin’s boyfriend Jason Derulo, plus American Authors, Matt Nathanson, Bret Michaels of Poison and country stars Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes.

Other presenters include Josh’s Rising Star buddies Brad Paisley, Ludacris and Kesha, as well as Alyssa Milano, Nashville’s Charles Esten, Tom Bergeron and more. In addition, five families will share their stories of what it’s like to live with muscular dystrophy.

You can call, text or donate online at This is the 49th installment of the telethon: the first one aired in 1966, on a single TV station in New York City. It’s since become the most successful fundraising event in TV history.

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TMS Reports Mariah & Nick Divorce Is A Done Deal

The speculation that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s marriage has fallen apart is intensifying.

TMZ is now reporting that a divorce is a “done deal” after the two allegedly separated in May. Reportedly, their lawyers have been negotiating a custody agreement in regards to the couple’s three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

TMZ claims Mariah is upset with Nick because he’s constantly working, thus making him absent from their children’s lives. In turn, Nick is allegedly frustrated that Mariah surrounds herself with “yes men.”

It was reported earlier this week by the New York Post’s Page Six that Nick and Mariah are separating after six years of marriage.

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