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No DoubtNo Doubt "couldn't write" when they first sat down to create new album Push and Shove. The "Settle Down" hitmakers struggled to come up with songs when they decided to work on a new LP, and lead-singer Gwen Stefani admits they had to keep re-recording what they created because they weren't sure about the sound.

"When we first started writing, we couldn't write, and then we finally got inspired and we started writing songs but they were coming slowly, like one at a time... and after we wrote, like, three songs, we got so excited that we went in and recorded them, just to see where we were at. And then we kept re-recording them, until we got to a place where we felt 'This is it.'"

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Nelly FurtadoNelly Furtado wants to be seen as a more "professional" singer.

The 33-year-old star is known for her raunchy image and risque lyrics in songs like "Promiscuous Girl," but says the birth of her daughter Nevis eight years ago made her want to appear more sophisticated and encouraged her to censor her songs.

"From (Nevis' birth) forward I've been looking at my career in a more professional way. Before, I was just floating down the river and not really sure what I was doing. Writing-wise I keep her in mind - the tone of things, how I present myself," she said.

The Canadian star has even replaced the word "promiscuous" with "mysterious" in her infamous hit song when she performs it live. "I guess I wanted to show that the song's still a good song without that word in it. It's still melodic," she explained.

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No Doubt say their music is a series of "accidents and mistakes." The "Just a Girl" hitmakers have never had a specific plan when it comes to recording music and admit their new album Push and Shove was created by trial and error.

"We don't know what we're doing. Everything's basically a series of accidents and mistakes," singer Gwen Stefani jokingly told MTV News. Tony Kanal, the band's bassist, added, "Honestly ... we just make music that we love and we want to play. We get inspired by something, and we kind of go with it."

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Nelly FurtadoNelly Furtado's music is more "joyful" since she became a mother.

The "Maneater" hitmaker is more aware of her surroundings since having daughter Nevis, eight, and says she has a huge influence on her music: "Once you become a parent it kind of forces you to look more outside yourself and become a little more in the moment, which is kind of great because an artist's life can be one of solitude. I find my songs become more joyful, fun and inspired."

Nelly added also said she is more "in tune" with the rest of the world, and produces more collaborations, rather than writing songs alone with her guitar. The 33-year-old singer spoke of her move into Latin music with her last album Mi Plan and how it has boosted her confidence. "I broke into a whole other world. I really felt like Alice in Wonderland, you know, just kind of falling down the rabbit hole. I woke up in a brand new world. Just creating in Spanish, recording in Spanish and performing in Spanish has given me a lot of strength as a vocalist," she said.

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Diplo and Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg chose Diplo to produce his reggae album as he is his only friend who knows the genre. The rapper - rebranding himself as Snoop Lion for the project - wanted to make a more "adult" record, and called on Diplo after being impressed with his work.

Speaking at the launch of Red Bull Culture Clash, Diplo told BANG Showbiz, "He hit me up, I was like the only person he knew that knew anything about reggae, and so we just met a couple of times and it became a really good idea to do this. We worked before on his last album, and he said, he wanted to do something that's a bit more adult." Diplo said Snoop got excited after he played him a song by his dancehall project Major Lazer, which convinced him to adopt a reggae sound.

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No DoubtNo Doubt's party room has been turned into a creche.

The chart-topping group - made up of Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont - are set to go on tour again following the release of their new album "Push and Shove," and they admit their partying days are a long behind them now they all have young families.

"I can't wait to get out there and play this (record) live. Everybody has their own tour bus now and we have a traveling caravan. So when we get to the venue the nannies set up the romper room, which is the room that used to be our backstage party room, with the DJ and the bar. That's gone now and it's for the kids," said Gwen, who has sons Kingston, six, and Zuma, four, with husband Gavin Rossdale.

"Things have changed since we last put a record out. We now go on tour with our families. But then we've always been a big family anyway. We've just expanded," Tony added to The Sun.

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No DoubtNo Doubt have made "the album of our lives." The "Don't Speak" hitmakers are confident their first record in eleven years, Push and Shove, is worth the wait and are "so proud" of the finished product.

"We would've loved for it to come out sooner. At the same time, we realized the people that care about us, that have given us our lives, are out there waiting for us, so what does it matter if it's a month here or a month there? As long as we make the record of our lives that we are so proud of. Otherwise, why put something out?" singer Gwen Stefani told Billboard.

The band credit their 2009 reunion tour with giving them the confidence and inspiration to return to the studio, as they realized their solid fan base was willing to stick by them. "We had writer's block up until that point. When we did that tour, it was the waking of the dead. Not only did we get our confidence back, on top of that it gave us the feeling of not needing to rush. All these amazing people were still coming out to see us, so we thought, 'Let's make the best record we can make now.' We wouldn't have this record if we didn't do that tour," bassist Tony Kanal added.

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Snoop DoggSnoop Dogg claims he is Bob Marley reincarnated.

The hip-hop star is reinventing himself as Snoop Lion for a new reggae album, Reincarnated, and claims he always had a natural calling to the genre: "I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated. I feel I have always been a Rastafarian. I just didn't have my third eye open, but it's wide open right now."

Speaking about how he was enlightened during a trip to Jamaica, he added, "I didn't know that until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.'"

The "Sweat" singer said he had no plans to make the reggae album - on which he collaborates with singer M.I.A. and producer Diplo - but did so after he was called by "the spirit." Speaking in a press conference, he added, "On this particular project, I had no planning on going to Jamaica, making a reggae record. The spirit called me. And, you know, anytime the spirit calls you, you gotta know that it's serious. I basically let them know what I want. It's not that I want to become Snoop Dogg in a reggae track. I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion."

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Snoop Dogg has previewed his new reggae album, Reincarnated. The "Drop it Like it's Hot" rapper gave fans a taste of his new musical direction with the track "La La La," produced by Diplo and Ariel Rechtshaid and executive produced by Major Lazer.

The 40-year-old star - real name Calvin Broadus - will be going under the alias Snoop Lion for the project, and has been working on 18 new tracks with producer Diplo. Speaking of the project, Diplo has said, "Snoop Dogg is an icon, man; he's bigger than the music. What we're doing is a reggae record. It's all reggae and he's singing and he's doing a f***ing awesome job and I never knew it, but he had his heart in every song."

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No DoubtNo Doubt have named their new album Push and Shove.

The "Don't Speak" hitmakers will release the long-awaited LP - their first since 2001's Rock Steady in September, and it will be preceded by the single "Settle Down" on July 16.

"Hope you are sitting down because we've got some really big news to share with you! While adding the finishing touches to our new album we realized it was time to name it, so we did, and the name is Push and Shove. No Doubt's new album Push and Shove will be released on September 25, 2012. The first single 'Settle Down' will debut on July 16, 2012. The music video for 'Settle Down' will premiere in early July. The video will be directed by Sophie Muller who has helmed many of No Doubt's music videos including 'Don't Speak,' 'Underneath It All,' 'Sunday Morning' and 'Simple Kind of Life,'" the band announced, writing on their official website.

The band had originally planned to release the album last year but announced in September that they had pushed it back so they could "make sure it's the best album we can possibly make."

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