Safehouse Records/Hollywood RecordsAs promised, and just in time for the July 4 weekend, Demi Lovato's released her new song, "Cool for the Summer." It's being billed as the debut single from her forthcoming, as-yet untitled album.
The sexy dance track has Demi singing in the chorus, "Take me down into your paradise/Don't be scared 'cause I'm your body type/Just something that we wanna try/'Cause you and I/We're cool for the summer."
Demi debuted the artwork for the single in a tweet last week. It features her lounging on a beach chair in a sexy cutout bathing suit, blue furry jacket and strappy stiletto heels. That's when she also revealed the single would be out today.
"Cool for the Summer," and the album that features it, will be Demi's first release on Safehouse Records, the label she recently formed with her former Camp Rock co-star Nick Jonas and music exec Phil McIntyre, in partnership with Island Records. Demi's signed to Hollywood Records but will be able to release music on Safehouse thanks to a further creative partnership between the labels.
“This time around, I’m free to explore. I can try anything, I can push my boundaries,” Demi says in a statement. “It’s been so exciting to get back in the studio and hone in on my sound. This album is going to surprise some people and I can’t wait for my fans to take this journey with me.”
Demi's hitting the road today to do the promotional rounds to push "Cool for the Summer," including surprising fans at pool parties around the country, where she may even perform the song.
Still no word on when Demi's new album's coming out, or what it'll be titled.
Interscope RecordsRumors that Zedd and Selena Gomez -- who collaborated on the hit "I Want You To Know" -- were an item were confirmed this week by Selena herself, who told a New Zealand radio station that she "definitely had a thing" with the DJ/producer. But Zedd isn't too happy about the fact that he's been forced into the spotlight by who he chose to date.
In the past, Zedd has said that he wants people all over the world to know his music, but not him, but now it's his personal life that's getting all the attention. "I guess I failed on doing that," he tells ABC Radio about his goal of remaining anonymous. "But I still think there's enough to talk about in the music world."
What Zedd, born Anton Zaslavski, means by that is that he's got plenty to say about his new album True Colors -- which features "I Want You to Know" and his new single, "Beautiful Now" -- but people keep focusing on his connection to Selena.
"I think I still want everyone to know my music before knowing me, which is part of the reason why I’m trying to speak about the music because there’s so much to talk about, rather than speaking about my personal life," he tells ABC Radio. "Because when you spend two years in a studio working on something, then people ask you about something that happened in a couple of minutes, you feel like it’s not fair."
Since she and Zedd parted -- for unknown reasons -- Selena has been linked to a variety of other men, but there's no word on Zedd's romantic life, and he probably likes it that way. He'll kick off a major headlining tour in September in support of True Colors.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIggyAzalea insists that her supposed feud with Britney Spears is nothing more than a media creation.
Much has been made of Iggy's online comment regarding their duet "Pretty Girls," and how the two pop artists allegedly threw shade at one another. But on Tuesday Iggy said she is "really saddened" that the media is "trying to create a 'beef'" between her and Britney.
She tweeted, "We remain friends and i haven't said anything negative at all about her. Does wishing we had promoted a single more make me the bad guy?"
"i feel like the media wants women in music to get out and mud wrestle each other," the Australian rapper continued. "As a woman i take great offense. Women in the media should be able to have a grown up and subjective opinion without it being anything more than that. its disappointing. No one is throwing 'shade' or 'shots' on either side of the table. The girl is my friend and i support her 100%."
Iggy concluded, "i feel like the press just wants to see girls be overtly sexual to one another, and have no real opinion other than 'i love it!' Im over it. Women in music are not the same as a teen drama. Stop making us all out to be, we are business women & artists. Not mean girls."
Last weekend, Iggy responded to a fan to explain why “Pretty Girls” wasn’t a hit. "Its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc," she wrote. "unfortunately I'm just featured....”
The comment was perceived by some as a dis directed at Britney. For her part, Brit tweeted, "Can’t wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe," in what may or may not have been a reference to Iggy cancelling her tour.
Emblem/AtlanticRob Thomas has collaborated with legendary musicians like Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson, but when it comes to his solo projects, he hasn't really gone outside his immediate circle -- until now. He says working with outside people for his upcoming album The Great Unknown kept him from writing "a whole bunch of depressing songs."
"I’ve done that with other people for their records but I’ve never really had a chance to do that on my record," he says of working with new people for The Great Unknown. "So it was one of the first things I did. I worked with just a handful of people that I really respect and I like what they were doing and I felt comfortable in a room with."
Among those people were Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic -- who co-wrote the first single,"Trust You" -- plus two of the producers and songwriters who work with American Authors, and an artist and producer named Ricky Reed, aka Wallpaper, who's worked with Jessie J and Jason Derulo.
Rob says that because his band Matchbox Twenty has become more collaborative in recent years, he was more open to the idea of working with others when it came time to make his first solo album in six years. "You realize how much fun it is to walk into a room and not be responsible for everything and have people to play off of and have people to give you inspiration and take you in a direction you might not have gone," he tells ABC Radio.
With all those different people in the mix, Rob says The Great Unknown is more eclectic than it might have been, but also more upbeat.
"I think it gave me a difference on this record, just to the idea of from [track] one to 12, there’s just a lot of different feels on the record so it doesn’t all feel like it kind of just came from one spot, like me alone in a room," he tells ABC Radio. "‘Cause when I do that, I wind up making more of a downer record, ‘cause I’ll write when I’m depressed. And then I write a whole bunch of depressing songs and that’s what winds up on a record."
The Great Unknown is out August 21; Rob will perform on NBC's Today show on the 24th.
RCA RecordsIt seems Justin Timberlake is getting back to his roots. The Tennessee native just bought four million dollars worth of property in the Nashville area, according to The Tennessean.
The singer’s Los Angeles-based certified public accountant reportedly shelled out the dough for around 126 acres in Williamson County's Leiper's Fork community. The land sits along Old Highway 96 and previously belonged to Aubrey Preston, a philanthropist and preservationist. Justin’s plans for the property are not yet known.
Back in 2013, Justin told The Tennessean that he has friends in Williamson County and that he spends more time in Nashville than people realize. His mother and stepfather live in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood.
Atlantic RecordsFor Charlie Puth, rappers and soundtracks seem to be a winning combination. “See You Again,” his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa from the Furious 7 soundtrack, was a hit. Now, he’s teaming up with another rapper for the soundtrack to a new documentary.
Charlie and Lil Wayne have released their song “Nothing but Trouble,” which is the first single from the companion album for the documentary 808. The song talks about falling for a girl who was only interested in social media fame.
“These Instagram models, they’re nothing but trouble,” Charlie sings in the chorus.
The film, out later this year, chronicles the story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine and how it influenced the music world. It includes commentary and contributions from musicians like Pharrell Williams, Diplo and David Guetta.
ABC/Randy HolmesSorry Diplo, but Selena Gomez “definitely had a thing” with Zedd.
Earlier this month, the DJ-producer accused Selena and Zedd -- birth name Anton Zaslavski -- of faking a relationship in order to drum up publicity for their single, “I Want You to Know.” But in a new interview with a New Zealand radio show, Selena confirms the relationship was real.
“He said that was a joke, because I talked to him, he said it was a joke,” Selena says of Diplo's comments. “Because genuinely, first off it’s very interesting that Diplo would think he knew about my personal life, but he doesn’t.”
She goes on to say, “I adore Anton [Zedd] a lot and I definitely had a thing with him, which was nice.”
Since she used past tense to refer to their relationship, we can only assume their romance -- however real it was -- was short-lived.
Big Sean may have endured the demise of two highly publicized relationships, but he says each split taught him important lessons.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the rapper spoke briefly on how he views his failed relationships, referring to his engagement to actress Naya Rivera as well as his whirlwind romance with pop singer Ariana Grande.
"It's no mistakes in life, though -- only lessons," he says.
The rapper also revealed that he doesn't necessarily begin the dating process with a relationship goal in mind. "They just happen," Sean said. "That's all it is. I'm just... I'm just living it. It's no, it's no God, it's no script. You know, we just out here doing what we doin'. Feelin' it out."
Ben WattsRob Thomas has finally set a release date for his new solo album: The Great Unknown will be in stores August 21. Rob will promote the release with a performance on NBC's Today show on August 24.
The set is now available for pre-order at iTunes, and those who do so will receive an instant download of the first single, "Trust You," co-written by Ryan Tedder. The video for the track has just premiered; it was directed by Phil Harder, who did Rob's previous clips for "Ever the Same" and "Lonely No More," as well as the Matchbox Twenty videos for "Mad Season" and "Disease."
In the retro sixties-flavored video, a sunglasses-wearing Rob sings the song while a dancing woman is reflected in his shades. He also sings while surrounded by '60s-styled go-go dancers, retro graphics and images of hands with crossed fingers. That's what you do behind your back when you tell someone to trust you, but you don't mean it. There's also a trippy psychedelic visual of Rob's head surrounded by more dancing girls.
Rob's currently on the road promoting The Great Unknown through August. Plain White T's are opening for him.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCOnce again, Taylor Swift is using the power of Tumblr to connect with her fans. The singer wrote some encouraging words to a Swiftie named Emily, who is suffering from a congenital heart defect.
The girl initially posted a message to Taylor on the blogging site, where she thanked the singer for helping inspire her during tough times. "Taylor, you’ve made each and every long hospital visit, echo, EKG, IV, etc. easier, and I am so so incredibly grateful for that," she wrote. "You allowed me to be accepting towards the condition that I have, and I’m so unbelievably thankful for that."
Taylor responded with some kind words of her own, writing, "I think it’s amazing that you’re so honest about how it’s affected you. It’s impossible to be positive all the time about something that completely terrifies and confuses you, and I’m glad you’re not putting that kind of weird pressure on yourself. Thanks for listening to my music to escape from your fears and to confront them -- I really appreciate you writing this."
She concluded, "Sending you the biggest hug from my hotel room, where I've just raided the snack bar and eaten everything in the style of a raccoon rummaging through a trash can."
After receiving Taylor’s message, Emily requested a real hug from the pop star. "You told me that you were ‘sending me a hug' so let's make this picture and that hug real!” she wrote. “I can't wait to see you on July 24th and 25th."
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCDid Britney Spears just throw shade at Iggy Azalea? The singer seemingly hit back at the Aussie rapper on Twitter, after Iggy tweeted her opinion on why their song “Pretty Girls” flopped.
"Can't wait to get back to Vegas," Britney tweeted. "So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe."
It would seem that tweet is subtly referencing Iggy’s tour cancellation. And Piece of Me is the name of Britney’s Las Vegas residency show, but the hashtag #YouWantAPieceOfMe also seems like a “don’t mess with me” warning.
The drama started when Iggy responded to a fan to explain why “Pretty Girls” wasn’t a hit. "Its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc," she wrote. "unfortunately I'm just featured....”
Many took this as a dig at Britney, but Iggy insisted her words were being misconstrued by the media. She said she wasn't blaming Britney for anything and said the two are close friends. “Genuine friends have genuine opinions,” she tweeted. “Its possible & healthy to have a differing thought without it being b**chy or shade.”
ABC/Heidi GutmanAs a new judge on this season of So You Think You Can Dance, Jason Derulo has been putting his dance expertise to good use. But while he may have thought he’d be gentle with the contestants, he’s discovering he’s actually tough to please.
“People would ask me all the time, like, ‘What kind of judge are you gonna be? Are you gonna be tough? Are you gonna be nice?’” he said on Tuesday’s Live with Kelly and Michael. “I was like, ‘I’m a nice guy, you know what I’m saying?’ Then I started watching the show and I’m like, 'd*** I’m kinda mean.'”
Jason, along with fellow judges Paula Abdul and Nigel Lythgoe, is judging two very different styles of dance this season. The Fox competition series is split between street dancing and stage dancing.
“In the back of people’s minds it was always kind of street versus stage, but now it’s at the forefront and it is really street versus stage,” Jason said. “So next week we’ll be deciding the top 20 and it’ll be ten street and ten stage, and then it’s head-to-head. You know, you got Twitch that is the team captain for the street side and Travis Wall, who is the captain for the stage side.”
Between critiquing the contestants, Jason said he’ll also be performing on the show in the two weeks. “It will actually be the first time that I perform my new single, ‘Cheyenne,’ and I’ll be doing it with the all-stars,” he said.
Speaking of that new single, Jason just released the music video for "Cheyenne." He previously teased the visual on Good Morning America, saying he wanted it to have a huge concept and a dance break. The cinematic clip features Jason stuck in a haunted mansion where he’s tormented by the ghost of a past lover. And true to form, he busts out some Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves, along with group of back-up dancers dressed as creepy ballerinas.
222 Records/InterscopeMaroon 5’s explicit new summer jam just got remixed. The band enlisted DJ-producer Alesso to turn their single, “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf**ker,” into a booming dance track.
"We are big fans of Alesso's and were thrilled to hear that he would do a remix of the song," Adam Levine said in a statement. "It was cool to be able to collaborate on something together like this."
Alesso was equally as excited about the collaboration. "I heard this record and I had to do a version," he explained. "It's just one of those records you have to turn up so loud it hurts. It's the record of the summer for me!"
Now Maroon 5 fans have one version of the song for the car, and another for the club.
Sherwin LainezAndy Grammer's hit "Honey, I'm Good" is about a guy who refuses to cheat on his girlfriend when another woman comes on to him in a bar. But another song on Andy's album Magazines or Novels is about a guy who refused to have sex before marriage --- himself.
Speaking to Glamour about how he wrote the songs for Magazines or Novels, Andy said he wrote 50 songs but wasn't happy with any of them, so he threw them all out and started over. He decided to, as he puts it, be "as brutally honest as possible." As an example, he points to the song "Holding Out."
"There’s a song on there about how I was a virgin until I was married," he tells Glamour. "Oh my God, writing that one out was super scary, but it’s just my story. Being that brutally honest was the door that got me out and back into my space. So the next 50 songs I wrote were all closer. It’s like a bullseye."
OK, so why did Andy decide to remain a virgin until he married his wife Aijia? Because he thought if he started to have sex, he wouldn't be able to stop.
"I think we all know inherently what our faults are...So I inherently know that I’m capable of going way too far in that direction, [so] I’m not going to do that," he explains. " I think there was something for me about breaking that seal that was like, 'I really want to be a good guy, and I’m pretty sure that’s one of my biggest vices, and I don’t want to start that train. I don’t want to be the dude that sleeps with you and then doesn’t call.'"
Explaining why he decided to reveal this, Andy says, "The problem is, as an artist, if you’re not connected with who you are or honest with yourself, then your art sucks. That was a hard one for me...I was very honest!"
Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsHave you ever wondered what new music the artists you love are checking out? Starting today, the song tagging app Shazam is giving you a window into exactly what sounds music's biggest stars are jamming to.
Maroon 5, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, Tove Lo, One Direction, Wiz Khalifa and more are just a few of the top stars who are participating in Shazam's new music discovery program. When you follow your favorites on Shazam, you'll now be able to see what songs they've been Shazaming, and listen to them, too. You can also give feedback directly to the artist about what you think about their taste in music.
In addition, for the first time, you'll be able to see just how many times a track has been Shazamed. So, for example, you can find out that Maroon 5 has Shazamed a song called "I'm In Love with My Life" by an act called Phases, which has had about 16,000 Shazams. By comparison, Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" has had nearly 800,000 Shazams.
“As an artist, I’m a big fan of discovering new music and Shazam helps me keep a pulse on that. I’m stoked to be able to share what I’m into with millions of fellow music fans,” Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz says.
“The biggest artists in the world are also the biggest fans. They use Shazam every day to explore new music, and for the first time ever, their fans can share in those moments as they happen,” says Daniel Danker, chief product officer at Shazam.
ABC/Matt BrownLadyGaga found herself in an embarrassing situation over the weekend when she attempted to show her support of the Chicago Pride Parade, but wound up cheering on a group of mariachi performers instead.
The 29-year-old "Born This Way" singer snapped an Instagram photo from the balcony of her Chicago apartment on Sunday overlooking a crowd of people gathered in what is clearly the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.
The picture shows Gaga with the words "Gay Pride" across her chest and stomach with the caption, "Watching over Chicago Pride from my apartment and smiling so big. So many happy people. Happy pride!!"
Unfortunately, the parade was being held in the City's Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods. This gathering was in fact the Chicago Mariachi and Folklórico Festival, honoring Mexican folk music.
The Mariachi Heritage Foundation caught the mistake and shared it on their Facebook page, writing, "'So many people' she says!"
They later posted another image from the festival, photoshopping a sombrero on her head and the word 'Mariachi' across her chest.
Johannes HeljeToveLo is one of the biggest breakout stars of the past year, but you may not be aware that you've been pronouncing her name wrong all this time. So why doesn't she bother to correct people when they do? "I actually don't care," she says.
In her native Sweden, the name of the singer behind hits like "Habits" and "Talking Body" is properly pronounced "Too-vah-loo," but she isn't bothered by the fact that nearly everyone in the world is saying it wrong. "I actually don’t care. It doesn’t matter," she tells ABC Radio. "I don’t wanna correct people all the time."
"Seriously, everywhere I go, except Sweden, everyone says Tove Lo. Like France, England, [the U.S.], Germany, everywhere except Sweden," she laughs. "So, [if I corrected everyone], I would always be like, 'Sorry, it’s Too-vah-loo. Sorry, it’s Too-vah-loo.' And it’s like, 'Tove Lo,' it sounds cool! I’m cool with it."
If things had gone differently, nobody would have ever have gotten the chance to mangle Tove Lo's name, because originally, she was a behind-the-scenes songwriter who never thought she'd be in the spotlight. Now that she is, though, does she long for those days of anonymity, or does she love being a pop star?
"I mean I love being on stage. I love performing. So that side of it is amazing," she tells ABC Radio. "It can get a little overwhelming with how in-demand you are,...[but] I know that if that goes away I’m gonna miss it." She adds, "I think I had a little bit more freedom as a writer, but it’s also so amazing to be able to release my own music and to sing my own words."
If you want to check out Tove Lo singing her own words this summer, she's appearing at a number of festivals, including Lollapalooza. Come September, she'll be headlining her own tour.
ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry reportedly wants to buy a convent, and there are some nuns who are praying it doesn’t happen. According to the Los Angeles Times, the elderly sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are trying to prevent Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez from selling their former home to the pop singer.
At least two of the sisters believe the Los Feliz property is theirs, and only they have the right to sell it. Sister Rita Callahan and Sister Catherine Rose signed the property over to local restaurateur Dana Hollister two weeks ago for $15.5 million, before the archdiocese could complete its deal with Katy.
Dana has already moved in, but the archdiocese says only the archbishop can sell the property. They’re suing Dana to have her purchase voided and are going forward with the sale to Katy, who reportedly has agreed to pay about $14.5 million in cash. The singer, who was raised in a devout Christian family, apparently became interested in the convent three years ago and wants to make it her home.
The Los Angeles Times reports Katy even tried to make a good impression on the nuns during a recent meeting. She dressed conservatively and according to two of the sisters, she sang “Oh Happy Day” and showed them her “Jesus” tattoo. The nuns remain less than impressed.
"Well, I found Katy Perry and I found her videos and ... if it's all right to say, I wasn't happy with any of it," Sister Rita says.
As for who gets to live in the former convent, it’s now up to the courts to decide. And maybe a little divine intervention.
Jamie McCarthy/NBCIt pays to be friends with Justin Timberlake’s wife. The singer surprised Jessica Biel’s pal with an impromptu performance at her wedding Saturday, Us Weekly reports.
He serenaded Jessica’s former college roommate Dana Panzer and her new wife Amy Wicker with his hit “Senorita” at their Norwalk, Connecticut nuptials.
“Imma start something, and all the fellas gonna look at the ladies, who just got married tonight. And all the ladies gonna look at the ladies, you know what I’m saying,” he began, according to a source.
The two brides danced as he continued to sing other hits, including James Brown's “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”
“Throughout the night, Justin really let loose and he started dancing in the middle of the wedding circle having an amazing time dancing to this great band,” another source tells Us. “Then Justin decided he wanted to put on a little concert for the two brides and he jumped on the stage. It was awesome and so special for the brides and all the guests who were so impressed!”
ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift takes care of her fans. When two South African Swifties missed her concert at London’s Hyde Park after their flight was delayed, Taylor offered them free tickets to her Dublin show.
Stephanie Be and her boyfriend Joe Crann only managed to catch the last three songs of Saturday's show thanks to the travel nightmare. Stephanie says she was left in tears over the ordeal. "There's nothing like flying halfway across the world to see @taylorswift13 & then @British_Airways delaying the flight so I miss it," she tweeted.
She later added, "Just landed at Heathrow and @taylorswift13 is about to walk on stage at Hyde Park. Im beyond devastated. There are no words."
Taylor caught wind of the tweets and came to the rescue. She wrote to Stephanie: “I'm really sorry you missed it but if you can get to Dublin I'll buy you tickets! Sorry to hear about the travel nightmare. :(“
Stephanie and Joe hopped on a plane to Ireland and made it there with plenty of time to attend Taylor’s Dublin show tonight. “As if there was any doubt she wouldn't come through ;) THANK YOU @taylorswift13,” Stephanie tweeted, along with a photo of the tickets.