Sideshow: Mayer makes music with another

Inaugural Swearing In
John Mayer and Katy Perry arrive at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

John Mayer, whose tempestuous relationship with Taylor Swift inspired some of her nicest songs, is offering the same services to another A-list singer, Katy Perry.

Mayer tells Rolling Stone he's a misunderstood dude. His love life, he says, has always been as serene as the sweetest spring zephyr ever to grace a John Keats poem. "I haven't had any trouble in my private life at all," John says. His thing with Perry, he insists, is sweet.

"It's been . . . I mean, I'm quite happy. I'm happy in all aspects of my life. I'm very happy in all aspects of my life."

John denies recent gossip he has become sexually entangled with Girls star Allison Williams.

Meanwhile, in another corner of Celebdom's loopy theme park, KatyParkLand, Josh Groban confesses he once dated Katy.

Um, well, almost. "We met before her first album was even released, and we hit it off because we're both goofballs," the "Hidden Away" singer tells Details mag.

Asked if they dated, Groban, 31, was like, "No, not really." Huh? "We might have skated on the line of dating," Groban clarifies.


Philly Orchestra kicks off Carnegie

The Philadelphia Orchestra will open Carnegie Hall's 2013-14 season this fall with a gala concert to be broadcast live on radio. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct, as he will for the orchestra's three other appearances that season at the New York venue. Hot on the heels of the orchestra's Hugh Jackman encounter, the event once again finds the ensemble boosting its pop-cult credentials. The Oct. 2 concert features jazz double bass player/vocalist Esperanza Spalding. Classical fiddler Joshua Bell will also be a guest for the concert, to be broadcast nationally on Carnegie Hall Live. Spalding will perform three Carnegie Hall-commissioned arrangements, by American jazz pianist Gil Goldstein, of songs by Spalding, Leonardo Genovese, and Dimitri Tiomkin/Ned Washington. Bell will play works of Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns. Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave will open, and Ravel's Bolero will close.

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Bieber's heartbreak, Gomez's fun

Even as Justin Bieber, 18, cries into his soda pop mourning the death of his relationship with his love Selena Gomez, said lover is having "a good time." The horror!

"I'm good. I'm really good," Selena tells E! News' Marc Malkin. "I've been recording, having a lot of fun with my girlfriends, having a good time." What has she learned from her recent experiences? "I've been telling people I'm definitely a little bit more sassy now," she says. "I'm a little bit more mouthy."


Speidi prepared for the apocalypse . . .

We were perturbed last year, wondering why perennially self-promoting Vaudeville act Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were keeping such a low profile. Now we know: They were hunkering down, waiting for the world to end. British glossy OK! mag says the couple made a pact to spend their entire fortune before Dec. 21, 2012, the day the world was supposed to end, according to a popular, if brainless, take on the Mayan calendar. "We made and spent at least 10 million dollars," Pratt tells OK! "We thought, 'We have got to spend this money before the asteroid hits,' " says Pratt. Oops!


Chris Pine, Branagh do Jack Ryan

Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck have taken a turn as Tom Clancy's CIA analyst Jack Ryan. Now Chris Pine takes the character from the beginning in Jack Ryan. "We take the fundamentals of the myth of Jack Ryan and do an original film that was never a book," says Pine. "We're making our own story in a modern-day 2013."


Oprah to chat with Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis, 39, who was anointed Oprah's next literary superstah when her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was picked as the second selection of Oprah's Book Club 2.0, will be on TV on Super Bowl night. Nah, she won't be selling kitchen knives or scarves in some trillion-dollar Super Bowl ad. She'll do a sit-down interview with the Big O herself on OWN's Super Soul Sunday at 11 a.m.



Showbiz movers 'n' shakers

Meredith Vieira will present Emmy Award-winning Sanjay Gupta with the Woman's Day Red Dress Award at the award's 10th anniversary bash Feb. 12 in New York. The award honors folks who "have made significant contributions in the fight against heart disease." Daughtry, Colbie Caillat, and the Company Men will play.

Speaking of Gupta, a new medical drama based on his novel Monday Mornings will premiere Monday on TNT. Created by David E. Kelly, it stars Jamie Bamber.

CBS will air a new docu special about Whitney Houston's death on Feb. 9, the eve of the Grammy Awards. The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family recounts how Grammy producers heard of Houston's death less than 24 hours before the show but still managed to put together a star-studded tribute. LL Cool J, Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, and Taylor Swift are featured in the docu.

Lindsay Lohan, who gave yet another pathetic portrayal in court Wednesday, has a new brother! Her dad, Michael Lohan, and his gf, sometime celeb journalist Kate Major, welcomed a baby dude, Landon Major Lohan, Wednesday. It's MiLo's sixth child.

New Wave act Depeche Mode, who sprang out of Basildon in Essex, England, all the way back in 1980, have premiered a new single, "Heaven," off their coming LP, Delta Machine, due March 26.


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