Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsJennifer Hudson's already on board, and Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift are rumored to be too. Now, Jessie J has recorded a song for an upcoming concept album based on the soon-to-open Broadway musical Finding Neverland.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jessie has cut a song called "Stronger" for the album, which will feature pop stars singing tunes from the show. The show's producer, Harvey Weinstein, has dedicated "Stronger" to the people of Boston: the production is currently running in that city, where it's broken attendance records. It'll debut on Broadway in March.
The musical is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about J.M. Barrie, the man who wrote Peter Pan, and his relationship with the family who inspired it. Jennifer Hudson performed "Never Neverland," a song from the concept album, at the Tony Awards in June.
ABC/Adam TaylorNow that ABC's Rising Star is over, Kesha can settle down to making music full-time, and settle into her new home. The Los Angeles Times reports that the singer just plunked down $1.65 million for a home in Venice, California.
The 1,400 square-foot Spanish-style bungalow features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a backyard with a spa and fireplace and -- best of all -- a one-car garage that's been converted into an artist studio. That means Kesha can work on her line of jewelry there, or maybe turn it into a recording studio.
Meanwhile, another pop diva is eyeing a new place, this one on the East Coast. The New York Post reports that Rihanna, with an entourage of five, recently toured the 10th floor of a swanky new building in Manhattan called One York. The entire floor, which is now configured as three apartments, is on sale for $18 million.
If she purchased it, however, all three apartments would have to be combined, giving her a total of 5,350 square feet of living space, with four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms. But the paper reports that the singer is looking for something that's already in move-in condition.
ABC NewsWho would you say is the ultimate pop star? Well, Time magazine has crunched the numbers based on the Billboard top 10 and determined that it's....Mariah Carey.
Time looked at every song that made the top 10 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists' careers have lasted, and created what it calls the "The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom." The artist with the most points -- based on career length and string of hits -- was Mariah. She received 1,901 points in total, over a hundred more than the runner-up, Rihanna.
Usher came in third place, followed by The Beatles, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. Katy Perry and Boyz II Men round out the top 10.
Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see where your favorite artist -- from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga to Taylor Swift -- comes in on Time's chart.
Kayt Jones/ RCA RecordsShakira is going to be a mom again.
First came a report that the singer and former Voice coach had granted an interview to Mexican Cosmopolitan, in which she was quoted as says she was pregnant. Now, the singer has confirmed it herself, tweeting, "Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes!"
Shakira and her boyfriend, soccer star Gerard Pique, welcomed son Milan on January 22, 2013. The new baby will be the second child for both of them.
While Shakira has said she and Gerard have no immediate plans to wed, she told Latina magazine earlier this year that she wants to have a big family and was eager to get pregnant again. "If it weren't because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already," she told the magazine. "I would love to have eight or nine kids with Gerard -- my own [soccer] team."
The women of The Voice, past and present, seem to be remarkably fertile. Christina Aguilera just gave birth to her second child, while Gwen Stefani welcomed her third this past February.
Republic RecordsMiley Cyrus and Ariana Grande are friends! How do we know? Because Miley sent Ariana flowers, and Ariana's showing them off on Twitter.
Miley and Ariana were both winners at the MTV VMA Awards this past weekend, and there's a photo of them kissing each other. Now, Ari has posted on Twitter a photo of a flower arrangement of hydrangeas and roses, writing, "a special baby love sent me flowers... @mileycyrus u are the cutest angel pie in da world."
The day after the VMAs, Ariana posted the photo of her and Miley together, and wrote, "I heart u @mileycyrus & your big heart." She included a link to Miley's Prizeo campaign to raise funds for homeless youth.
It's no wonder that Miley and Ariana get along: they're both former child stars who've successfully made the transition to chart-topping pop divas, all the while facing criticism about being too "adult."
ABC/Lou RoccoOne Direction is currently out on their Where We Are Tour, but they're also working on their fourth album. How's it coming along? Well, according to someone who should know -- their label boss, Simon Cowell -- it's pretty awesome.
"The album's fantastic," Simon told London's Capital FM radio. "There's probably five or six tracks I've already heard that could be singles. There's some very different kinds of songs than what we've done before, they've taken a few more risks."
"Most importantly, the boys love writing, they love recording, they're enjoying what they're doing," he adds. Cowell then referred to the fact that he was recently quoted -- incorrectly, it seems -- as predicting that the group would split up in a couple of years.
"I went on Twitter recently to say I don't think they're going to split up, they're having too good a time!" he told Capital FM. "I think they could be doing this for five, ten, twenty years if they wanted to!"
In the tweet he was referring to, Cowell wrote, "Just to clear up the rumors it is my guess and my hope One D will stay together for a very long time...The boys are having the best time...their new album is really really good."
Credit: Vincent Perini/NBCMaroon 5 is hitting the ground running next week with major TV appearances lined up to promote their new album, V.
The group will appear on NBC's Today show on Monday, September 1, Labor Day. On September 2, the album arrives in stores, and on September 3, they'll appear on the semi-finals results show of America's Got Talent, performing their latest hit "Maps."
The band also has been teasing a tour announcement on Twitter, revealing a number of states in which they'll be performing, but the full details have not been announced yet. So far, the only scheduled date is September 11 at the iTunes Festival in London.
Maroon 5 also has released a video teaser for V. It features black-and-white footage of the band in the studio, interspersed with shots of the streets of L.A, a beach, someone riding a motorcycle in a desert, a hummingbird suspended in mid-flight, a lightning strike, a group of lions, birds flying in the sky and the wing of an airplane. The whole thing is set to a spacey version of "Maps."
Finally, one of the tracks on the deluxe version of V has made its way online: it's a cover of the 1997 top 10 hit "Sex and Candy" by the band Marcy Playground.
Image Courtesy Republic RecordsNickelback will release their new record, No Fixed Address, on November 4, the band has revealed. Nickelback has also released a lyric video to the new song, "Edge of a Revolution," on YouTube.
In the video, the silhouette of a figure wearing a hoodie spray paints the ocassionally profane lyrics on a variety of walls. The politically-charged rocker, which is now available for download, features lyrics like, "Hey! Hey! Just obey/Your secret's safe with the NSA."
As previously reported, here is the track list for No Fixed Address:
"Million Miles an Hour” “Edge of a Revolution” “What Are You Waiting For?” “She Keeps Me Up” “Make Me Believe Again” “Miss You” “Get ‘Em Up” “The Hammer’s Coming Down” “Satellites” “Sister Sin” “She’s Got Me Runnin’ Round”
Ben Watts/Kristin BarloweAfter scoring a massive hit by teaming up with Nelly on "Cruise," country duo Florida Georgia Line have returned to the pop charts again, thanks to a collaboration with Jason Derulo on a remix of their song "This Is How We Roll." But the guys say they weren't put together with Jason; the whole thing happened organically.
"I think it just kinda came up and he said he was a fan of that song and wanted to do a remix with us," says Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard. "And we've been big fans of him for a long time. So it's really cool. Sometimes that's kinda how those collaborations work, you know. You don't really go looking or hunting or digging to try to find somebody to do something with. It just kinda happens. That's the beautiful thing about it."
As for their penchant for going back and forth between country and pop, Tyler tells ABC News Radio, "It's fun to step out of the box a little bit and do things with other artists. It's awesome. So for us to get to that was a huge honor with Jason, for sure."
FGL's Brian Kelley, meanwhile says that if he were given the choice of singing one of Jason's songs -- say, at karaoke -- he'd pick "Talk Dirty to Me" over "Wiggle" because he knows how to dance to the first song.
"We know how to do this move called 'The Haitian," Brian tells ABC News Radio. "It's a little dance move they taught us at the CMT Awards. I've kind've mastered it. A little hip thrust, a little head bob thing. I don't know what you call it, but it looks good!"
Florida Georgia Line has no plans to stop teaming up with pop artists anytime soon. Not long ago, Ed Sheeran told USA Today that the duo had approached him for a future collaboration.
ABC/Fred LeeLMFAO's Redfoo suffered a gash on his forehead Wednesday after an unidentified man allegedly threw a glass bottle at the singer in a suburban hotel bar outside Sydney, Australia, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The 38-year-old Redfoo, who was born Stefan Gordy, was partying at the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay when the incident happened.
“We were sitting in the back area with my mates, surrounded by some thangs. We are dancing, having a good time, we’re taking some pictures, taking the snapchats,” Redfoo said, according to the Telegraph. “All of a sudden out of nowhere a glass hits me in the head and I look over to see who might have thrown it and I see kind of a dodgy fella trying to flee the scene." Redfoo said he did not know anything about the man who allegedly struck him.
Redfoo suffered a cut over his right eye and was treated at the scene by paramedics.
A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack and charged with malicious wounding.
Redfoo has been serving as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor.
ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua Taylor Swift's new #1 hit "Shake It Off" is an invitation to do your own thing and not worry about fitting in or looking cool. Easier said then done, right? Well, as Taylor explains in a newly released outtake from the song's video, even she doesn't feel cool, and she's a massive superstar.
"A lot of people who I think will relate to the song are people who are dealing with not ever really feeling cool with themselves because other people make them feel like they don't fit in," Taylor says. "When, one thing I've learned in this whole process is, you can get everything you want in life without ever feeling like you fit in."
"Like, selling millions of records doesn't make me feel cool," she insists. "It makes me feel proud, and like I have a lot of people on my side and I worked really hard, but I don't think it's the most important thing in life to fit in."
OK, Taylor, so what is the most important thing in life?
"To dance to the beat of your own drum," she says. "And to look like you're having more fun than the people who look cool [and] like they fit in!"
In the outtake, you can see Taylor filming the "cheerleader" section of the video, and explaining that she trained for the grueling three-day shoot by running non-stop -- "which I hate," she adds -- to build up her cardio. No wonder she was photographed all summer coming out of the gym.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAriana Grande certainly looks sweet and demure, but things aren't always as they appear. The 21-year-old singer says she "absolutely" curses a lot, claiming, "I wish I could less!...I have the sense of humor of a 14-year-old boy."
Speaking with Time magazine, Ariana says, "I...think that people have a misrepresentation of me as a person because I’m friendly and I like to meet people and I like to talk to people and make people laugh. Sometimes people can confuse my niceness for weakness in a way -- or ditziness or stupidity. But it doesn’t go hand-in-hand in that way."
"When people are shocked when they see me curse, I wish they knew my sense of humor," she adds. "I have the sense of humor of a 14-year-old boy. It’s very crude. When I was seven years old, my mom took me to see Rocky Horror. That’s just how my family is. We’re just this Italian family that loves slightly raunchy humor."
Ariana also reveals that, while her current hit "Break Free" is about cutting yourself loose from a bad relationship, she interpreted the lyrics in a different way.
"It is a great breakup song, but for me, personally, I didn’t have a boy to sing it about because I’m not breaking up with anybody," she tells Time. "I sang it about my personal things that are holding me back, my fears, certain negativities in my life that were holding me back. Things I was afraid of like, ego and fear and all of that."
"I wanted to break free from all that I felt like was making me enjoy my life a little less," she adds.
Finally, Ariana reveals that when she goes to Starbucks, she doesn't always order the "grande" size. "Sometimes I get that venti, you know? Some days that’s what you need in your life," she says.
Republic RecordsColbie Caillat has revealed the full track list for her new album Gypsy Heart, but it's a bit anticlimactic, since we already knew about five of the 12 songs.
The list shows that the first five tracks on the album are the songs included on her EP Gypsy Heart -- Side A, which she released in early June. In addition to her current single "Try," there's "Live It Up," "Blaze," "If You Love Me Let Me Go" and "Never Gonna Let You Down."
The rest of the album's songs are as follows:
"Land Called Far Away" "Nice Guys" "Floodgates" "Just Like That" "Break Free" "Never Getting Over You" "Bigger Love"
As previously reported, Gypsy Heart is the album that Colbie made with after her record company rejected the first batch of songs she wrote for not being "poppy" and commercial enough -- an experience that partially inspired the song "Try." She then went back into the studio with a variety of collaborators, including Babyface, and came up with a whole new selection of songs.
John Paul Filo/CBSWhen it comes to music, Americans apparently prefer an English accent. A new unscientific Harris poll reveals The Beatles are America's favorite musician or band.
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.
Yet another newcomer to the list: Bruno Mars, who debuts at #6. 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.
Breaking down the poll demographically, we find more men cited The Beatles as their favorite band, while women chose Beyonce. Among younger fans aged 18-37, it's Beyonce, while Gen-Xers aged 38 to 49 say Metallica is their top group. Baby Boomers, aged 50-68, choose the Beatles, while those 69 and over say country icon Willie Nelson is their favorite.
When it comes to politics, there's one thing on which all parties can agree: when asked to name their favorite musical acts, Republicans, Democrats and Independents all chose The Beatles, while Republicans also chose Willie Nelson, and Democrats also chose Bruno Mars. East Coast and West Coast respondents, as well as Southerners, chose the Fab Four as well, while Midwesterners voted Bruno Mars as their #1 pick.
Def Jam RecordingsMariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon recently confirmed that the two are living apart, and now a source tells People magazine that their six-year marriage "has been bad for a while." One big issue, it's claimed, is the poor performance of Mariah's recent album.
"When things don't go well career-wise, sometimes you turn on your other half," the source tells People, referring to the disappointing sales of Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse.
The source also notes that while Mariah "can be very down-to-earth and hilarious, she can also be high-maintenance."
According to People, Mariah is staying with the couple's three-year-old twins in their New York apartment, while Nick has been "living in hotels." A second source tells the magazine that their split "could get contentious" because "there is a lot to fight over."
Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift's "Shake It Off" has shaken up the Billboard Digital Songs chart with a massive debut.
The song, the first single from Taylor's upcoming album, 1989, has not only debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it tops the digital songs chart with first-week sales of 544,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That's the biggest sales week for any song this year, and the fourth-biggest debut sales week in history.
The only songs that started with more downloads in their first weeks are Flo Rida's "Right Round," with 636,000; Katy Perry's "Roar," with 557,000; and Taylor's own "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," with 623,000 copies. That song became Taylor's first #1 on the Hot 100; "Shake It Off" is now her second.
"Shake It Off" is only the 22nd song in history to debut at #1 on the Hot 100. Considering that in the chart's 56-year history, there have been 1,038 number-ones total, that's pretty notable.
"Shake It Off" is Taylor's 60th song to chart on the Hot 100. Only one female artist has racked up more: Aretha Franklin, with 73.
Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj's latest hit, "Anaconda," has snaked its way up to #2 on the chart from #39. This is now Nicki's highest ranking ever on the Hot 100; "Super Bass" reached #3, as did Britney Spears' 'Til the World Ends," on which Nicki was featured. "Anaconda" is Nicki's 11th top-10 hit, the most among female rappers. Missy Elliott ranks second, with nine.
In other Iggy news, the new remix of Jennifer Lopez's song "Booty," featuring Iggy, is out now. Iggy's teased the track's forthcoming video on Instagram, writing, "can't wait till you see the video, j killllllllled it. She is perfection."
On the remix, Iggy raps, "They beggin' me to drop down on 'em/but right now, Iggy on the top/last time the world seen a booty this good was on Jenny from the block." Iggy posted the single's artwork, captioning it, "pinching myself."
Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors spent the summer opening for OneRepublic and The Script on tour. The band says while they would've loved to have had OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder write them a hit song, they had to content themselves with him offering them hunks of meat.
Speaking to Fuse, Authors singer Zac Barnett says, "There'd be so many nights on the tour where we'd all be out kickin' it, behind the venue, and he's always barbecuing, grilling up steaks. It's cool, y'know, 'cause he's a good cook. He's really good at grilling up steaks and burgers and brats and whatnot."
Sounds great, right? But as Zac explains, there was a downside. "There would be multiple times where I just had dinner a couple hours before," Zac explains. "And then when Ryan Tedder hits you up and he's like, 'Yo, dude, I just cooked you up this ribeye steak! Here, have it! And you're like, 'Well, I just had dinner...' [And he's like] 'No, dude you should totally try this!' You can't really tell Ryan Tedder, 'No, dude I don't want your ribeye!'"
Zac laughs, "Four ribeye steaks and brats later, you're getting the meat sweats, bro!"
Next up for the "Best Day of My Life" band: dates in Europe, followed by a headlining spot on the fall leg of the annual Honda Civic tour, kicking off in October.
Trae Patton/NBCLady Gaga's stage name came from "Radio Gaga," a song by legendary rock group Queen, of which Gaga is a huge fan. So it's no wonder she was over the moon after she joined them onstage Tuesday night in Sydney, Australia.
"I just played with Queen I'm the happiest girl alive!" tweeted Gaga, after singing "Another One Bites the Dust" onstage with her friend Adam Lambert, who's currently serving as Queen's frontman. Their much-loved, flamboyant lead singer, Freddie Mercury, died of AIDS-related complications in 1991.
Gaga also posted several Instagram photos of herself onstage, writing, "Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before. I returned to the Radio GaGa mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild." She captioned another pic with the hashtag "#dreamscometrueItellYou." Queen guitarist Brian Mayposted a photo of himself with Gaga, calling her "our great and lovely pal."
Musical chameleon that she is, Gaga can go from singing with one of the biggest rock bands in the world to singing jazz standards with Tony Bennett. She's just announced that she and Bennett will be the stars of H&M's holiday campaign, as a tie-in with their forthcoming duets album, Cheek to Cheek.
Matt Irwin/Republic RecordsJessie J's currently riding high with her hit "Bang Bang," and is anticipating the October release of her new album Sweet Talker. But the British singer is also looking forward to moving from England to the U.S. permanently. Why? She feels that America cares more about her singing than her personal life.
"Home is where the heart is and my heart is with my family so I’ll always be coming back here," she tells the Daily Mail's Event magazine during an interview in London. "But America, at present, is where the work is. I’ll just pack a big bag and fly a lot."
"In America, they see me as a singer, whereas here I feel that people don’t appreciate my voice," she explains. "'I’ve dedicated my life to singing and I want it to be taken seriously. Here it seems that all people want to know is what I’ve had for breakfast and who I’m sleeping with."
The interest in her sex life, Jessie admits, is partly her own fault, since she's spoken so openly in the past about being bisexual. "Sometimes I’m an idiot. Sometimes I don’t know when to stop," she says about her tendency to over share on social media. Now, though, she keeps her love life under wraps.
"Last year I was in a relationship for quite a long time," she reveals. "Not in secret, but I chose for it not to be in public. And I had to leave the relationship because I was doing my best but I wasn’t being let in. I’ve written a song about it...I really needed to get it all out. It felt amazing. My music feels like it’s on the right path now."