Sebastian EdgeAll the speculation about who's recorded the theme for the new James Bond movie Spectre has taken a surprising new twist. While the speculation has mostly focused on Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding or even Adele -- again -- as being the lucky singer who scored the plum assignment, a much-loved British alt-rock band may actually be the frontrunner.
Britain's The Guardian paper reports the British bookmaking firm William Hill has stopped taking bets on who'll sing the Spectre theme after a guy tried to place a 15,000-pound bet -- about $23,000 dollars -- on the band Radiohead.
A spokesperson for William Hill said initially, people were placing bets on Ellie Goulding like she was a definite, so they were going to suspend betting on her, but then a bunch of bets came in for Radiohead. Then, after that one guy asked to bet 15,000 pounds at 10 to 1 odds, William Hill assumed someone had some inside information, so it pulled the plug.
"Surely nobody risks 15 thousand pounds on a hunch," said the spokesperson.
The director of Spectre, Sam Mendes, has said the song has already been recorded and the name of the singer will be announced soon. Speculation shifted from Sam Smith to Ellie after Sam said he thought she'd gotten the gig, and then Ellie tweeted the words "Live and Let Die." Sam, meanwhile, continues to deny he's recorded the song.
Monty Brinton/CBSIt seems Lady Gaga spent a night courting Lady Luck. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the singer was spotted gambling in Atlantic City until 2:00 a.m. Friday.
After playing a gig at the Borgata with Tony Bennett, Gaga hit the craps table with her fiancé, Taylor Kinney. They reportedly joined Real Housewives of New York City's Dorinda Medley and her boyfriend, John Mahdessian. A source saw Gaga blowing on the dice for the good luck and playing with $100 chips.
The next day, Taylor and John reportedly met up again over blackjack, but Gaga opted out, perhaps choosing to get some rest instead.
No word on if any of them won big -- but Taylor did recently drop nearly $300,000 on three pairs of Alexander McQueen shoes for Gaga, so maybe he was hoping to make some of that money back.
Peter Yang Mark your calendars! Justin Bieber’s new single drops in 30 days. The singer announced that the song is called “What Do You Mean?”
“The countdown has begun... #WhatDoYouMean #30DAYS I'm back :),” he writes on Twitter. His website even has a countdown clock to next month’s release date.
The Biebs has been hard at work on a follow-up to his 2012 album, Believe. In a recent Interview magazine chat with Martha Stewart, he said he’s been working a lot with EDM producers Skrillex and Diplo, his collaborators on the hit song “Where Are U Now.”
ABC/Randy HolmesAsk and you shall receive. Shawn Mendes petitioned the creators of The CW drama The 100 for a part on the show -- and he got it. The teen singer will officially make his acting debut on the series’ third season premiere.
"I'm so excited to take a step into acting,” Shawn says. “It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, and can't wait for everyone to see my first role in The 100."
The post-apocalyptic series is based on the best-selling YA novel by Kass Morgan. Back in February, Shawn -- who's a huge fan of the show -- tweeted the writers asking for a role. Executive producer Jason Rothenberg saw his post and responded, “Hell, yes. Give me a call at the office. Follow me and I'll DM you the number.”
He then created a part especially for Shawn. E! News reports Shawn will play a resourceful young Ark survivor who gets into a tricky situation and uses his specific set of skills to get out of it.
Shawn, who’s currently touring with Taylor Swift, also just released a new video for an acoustic version of his song, “Stitches,” featuring Pitch Perfect’s Hailee Steinfeld.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCTaylor Swift never rests. People magazine reports that the singer used her week off from her current world tour to fly to L.A. to meet her godson for the first time.
Model and actress Jaime King is one of Taylor's pals, and she named the singer godson to her new baby boy, Leo Thames Newman, who was born July 16. Taylor posted a photo on Instagram of herself holding the baby, with the caption, "Meeting my boy."
She also posted another photo on Instagram of the baby's hand grasping her finger, and quoted a lyric from her song "Never Grow Up": "Your little hand's wrapped around my finger and it's so quiet in the world tonight."
Jaime shared the photo of Taylor holding Leo and captioned it, "My loves meet. Baby boy Leo Thames and his God Mother = Bliss."
Back in May, Jaime told People why she chose Taylor to be Leo's godmother. "It was really because of her morals and her values, the way that she treats people and how hard-working she is…her family and how close she is to them,” Jaime told the magazine. ”I see what she gives out there to her fans and to her family. That’s the kind of person I want to be the guide and the spiritual protector of my child.”
Scott SchatekOMI's breakout hit "Cheerleader" is topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a third week, and the singer, born Omar Samuel Pasley, says he's proud to be representing for his "very small island" home of Jamaica.
"I mean, everything is surreal right now, you know what I mean? Because I’m from a very humble background, a very humble beginning -- a very small island, you know?" OMI tells ABC Radio. "So to be doing something that hadn’t been done in like 10, 12 years -- to be listed among great artists that came out of Jamaica -- it’s an honor and a privilege and I’m very humbled by it."
OMI is referring to topping the U.S. charts, which a Jamaican-born artist hasn't done since 2006, when Sean Paul hit #1 with "Temperature."
In addition to having the distinction of knocking "See You Again" out of the #1 spot after 12 weeks, "Cheerleader" also has gone platinum, reaching a million in sales and streams. OMI says he's happy that the song, which has already been a worldwide hit, has finally taken off in America.
"It’s thrilling," OMI tells ABC Radio. "And I think it’s one of the markets that a lot of people try to become number one or go platinum in. So for me to be in this position, I’m just very honored, you know?"
So, is there a special lady who inspired "Cheerleader?" Sadly, OMI says no. "I mean, it’s a concept," he tells ABC Radio. "The song is pretty straightforward. For me it was a concept, [but] a lot of people are able to relate to it and it connects with a lot of people, you know?"
"Cheerleader" has had a lot of time to connect with a lot of people, because the original version -- not the #1 hit remix version -- first came out in 2012. Not only that, but OMI says he wrote it "like seven years ago, eight years ago." Does that mean that he's already sick of singing the song?
He laughs, "I would say by now if I’m not tired of it already…There’s no getting tired of this song, mon!"
Earlier this month, OMI played his first-ever U.S. tour dates.
Image Group LA/ABCSam Smith had to cancel a slew of tour dates and festival appearances back in May when he had to undergo surgery due to a vocal cord hemorrhage, and then had to remain silent for weeks while he healed. Sounds like a hellish experience, but the Grammy winner now says the experience was "the best thing that happened to me, ever."
Speaking to U.K.'s Magic Radio, Sam says the fact that he was forced to put the brakes on his red-hot career was a great thing. "I feel like I've been gifted with time. I got to stop for a month and rest and become normal again, and realize how insanely my life has changed," he told the station. "In some areas, it's changed for the worse."
While Sam realizes that he really shouldn't complain about his life as a global pop superstar, he can't help but point out that there are some things about his fame that are less than desirable.
"It's really hard sometimes, some things are taken away from you, so it was beautiful for me to be able to kind of regain my normality a little bit," he explains. "Because it got to the point where my mum and dad were being put on guest lists to see me after shows. They didn't get to spend any time with their son, and that's not normal."
During the interview, Sam also talked about his impressive weight loss -- a result of completely changing his diet -- but bemoaned the fact that he could very easily put all the weight back on again.
"I just love food," he sighs. "I still love it, it's gonna be a battle for the rest of my life. It's not, like, this horrible diet that kills me -- when I want to eat something bad, I do it. But I've just got to stay on top of it, which is tough. I love fried chicken and cheese!"
In addition, Sam gave an update about his next album, the follow-up to the Grammy-winning smash In the Lonely Hour.
"I mean, I'm already writing [new songs]," he told Magic. "I feel like I've already got the title to the album, I've got the concept to the album. I work in terms of concepts, when I find the thing I want to write about, I actually go out and physically do it."
He laughs, "When I knew that the album was going to be called In the Lonely Hour, I think I subconsciously started being lonelier!"
ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteKelly Clarkson's fan request-a-palooza continues! Each night, the singer performs a cover version of a different artist's song, as requested by a fan. Her most recent performance, in Michigan, was Tove Lo's smash "Habits (Stay High)."
"Tonight, this song is for Josh. He didn't put his last name," Kelly told the crowd. "Josh wanted me to sing like three Tove Lo songs but here's the thing about Tove Lo. It's not real family so I had to pick the most family one out of them, so here you go." She added, "I'm gonna try and keep it family." That she did, changing the lyric "at night I go to sex clubs" to "at night I go to sexy clubs."
Tove Lo's other hit, "Talking Body," contains numerous repetitions of the "F" word. Another Tove Lo song that Kelly is a fan of, "Moments," also features the "F" word.
So far on Kelly's current tour, she's covered songs ranging from Nick Jonas' "Jealous" to Rihanna's "B**h Better Have My Money" to 'N SYNC's "Bye Bye Bye."
ABC/Lou RoccoIn a new cover story with Complex magazine, Macklemore reveals he relapsed with drugs last year. The rapper -- birth name Ben Haggerty -- blames the trappings of fame for his slip-up and says he “just wanted to escape.”
"I held it together for a while. But, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings," he tells the mag. "I was burnt out. I was super-stressed. We weren't sleeping -- doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country.”
He adds, “In terms of the media I was getting put into a box that I never saw for myself. The pressure and the fame--everything. All the clichés, man -- like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance, and the criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of meetings -- all of that put into one pie was just...I just wanted to escape."
Macklemore says he first started taking sleeping pills, then moved on to marijuana. He struggled with the addiction all through last summer. He finally decided to sober up when his fiancée, Tricia Davis, became pregnant with their first child.
"I have to keep myself on point and be the best version of myself for this child to be the best version of itself,” he says.
He’s also back in the studio with musical partner Ryan Lewis. He says they are about "three-fourths" of the way finished recording the follow-up to 2012's The Heist. The new album is due out later this year.
Monty Brinton/CBSIn one corner, we have Katy Perry and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. And in the other corner, we have two elderly nuns. Both sides have very different ideas regarding the sale of a California convent, and the battle over the sale continues in court this week.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant will preside over a court hearing on the sale set for Thursday.
To recap: Katy is trying to purchase a former Los Feliz convent. The archdiocese wants Katy to have the property, but the nuns don't. In fact, Sister Rita Callahan and Sister Catherine Rose have already signed over the convent to restauranteur Dana Hollister. The archdiocese has contested the sale in court, claiming only the archbishop has the right to sell the property.
In court papers filed Friday, attorneys for the archdiocese allege Hollister swindled the nuns into selling her the convent. They argue that Hollister paid "just $44,000" of the $15.5 million purchase price, and doesn’t have to pay the rest until a later date. They say that Hollister knew the elderly nuns were in a “fragile financial condition,” and insist that “the transaction should be declared void as a product of elder abuse.”
This week’s court hearing will decide whether or not the sale to Hollister is valid.
Katy is reportedly willing to pay $14.5 million in cash for the convent. 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.
Universal Music EnterprisesFour years after her death at age 27, Amy Winehouse is having a resurgence. Fresh off the success of the Amy documentary, the British singer’s first two albums have been digitally remastered by Island Records and Universal Music Enterprises.
The newly enhanced versions of her 2003 jazz-influenced debut Frank and her 2006 Grammy award-winning follow-up, Back to Black, are now available for purchase at online retailers.
Additionally, rare remixes issued for singles from Back to Black -- including the title track, "Rehab," "You Know I'm No Good" and "Tears Dry on Their Own” -- also have been released as digital e-singles. Many of the remixes had been unavailable for several years.
Mary Ellen MatthewsSia’s new mansion has plenty of room for a chandelier or two. The Australian singer-songwriter recently purchased a $4.7 million property in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 1924 Mediterranean-style mansion was designed by famed architect A.F. Leicht, who was known for his whimsical sensibilities and ornate details like wood carvings and stained-glass accents. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, and also features a sunken solarium, a billiards room and a library.
Sia must have really loved the place, because she reportedly paid about $400,000 more than the asking price.
ABC/Randy Holmes We all know Katy Perry used Twitter last week to weigh in on the short-lived Nicki Minaj/Taylor Swift scuffle. But she also used Twitter in a much more productive way: she harnessed the social media platform’s new shopping feature to launch her latest perfume, Mad Potion.
You can purchase the fragrance directly from Twitter by going to the Twitter account @KatyPerryPopUp.
“For all you #KatyCats in the USA, @KatyPerry’s #MadPotion is available to buy now, right here!!” the pop-up shop tweeted.
The scent, Katy’s seventh fragrance, contains notes of Tahitian vanilla orchid, sweet white peony, and crisp apple. It sells for $30.
Business WireIf you thought Meghan Trainor was animated before, wait until you see her now. The singer was re-imagined as a member of Charlie Brown’s Peanuts gang in honor of her contribution to The Peanuts Movie soundtrack.
People revealed the first look of Trainor's cartoon likeness, and also chatted with Meghan about her confidence-boosting song for the film, “Better When I’m Dancin’”.
“They wanted a song about confidence and knew I was good at writing those,” she tells the mag about what inspired the tune. “I feel better when I'm onstage dancing and having fun, so I wrote about that!”
Meghan also says she loved getting turned into a Peanuts character. Her cartoon self wears a purple cardigan, a pink skirt and a green bow tie, and has subtle pink streaks in her blonde hair.
“Isn't it so cute?” Meghan says. “They sent me the first version and I said, ‘Don't touch it, it's perfect.’ It's the background on my phone!”
Meghan also hints the movie will feature a new character that hasn’t been revealed yet. But of all the members of the classic Peanuts crew, she says she’d most likely be friends with Charlie. “Because I felt so bad for him in some parts,” says Meghan. “I'm probably the person that would go make sure he's all right. We would be best friends.”
Earlier this month, The Weeknd announced that his new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, will arrive in August and now, he's revealing his ambition for the album.
In an interview with The New York Times, the singer spoke on evolving as an artist. "I felt I had to change who I was," he told the publication. "These kids, you know, they don’t have a Michael Jackson. They don’t have a Prince. They don’t have a Whitney [Houston]. Who else is there? Who else can really do it at this point?"
The singer also has strong desires to become the "biggest in the world" and knows that there's a lot riding on his next project. "It’s about me being who I am and stepping out of my comfort zone to try to feel something else besides what I’ve been feeling the past four years." He continued, "Ups and downs. In my past albums, there were never ups."
Credit: Pamela LittkyFall Out Boy has joined forces with Hot Topic for "Bring Music to Schools, Bring Music to Life," a charity initiative benefiting youth music programs from non-profits such as Little Kids Rock, Notes for Notes and the Grammy Foundation. You can donate to the campaign by "rounding-up" your in-store or online Hot Topic purchase to the nearest dollar -- the difference will be donated to the benefiting programs.
In a video for the campaign, the members of Fall Out Boy and students from Little Kids Rock discuss the importance of music in their lives.
"There's a lot of data to suggest that learning about music helps you learn about everything," frontman Patrick Stump says in the video. "It's not nothing. It's not a frivolous past time, it's important."
"Music's part of the human experience, and everybody can play music," adds guitarist Joe Trohman. "I think if you're not given the chance to do it in a free, open environment to try, then you'll never be able to and you'll just kind of be envious of something I think should just be a right."
Douglas Gorenstein/NBCThere's been a lot of speculation about who's going to sing the theme song for Spectre, the next James Bond movie -- but it turns out the song has already been recorded. So, who got the job? According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Sam Mendes says we won't have to "wait long" to find out, but bookmakers in the U.K. are already placing bets on the most likely candidates. Unsurprisingly, Sam Smith is the front-runner.
Bookies have Sam at 2/5 odds as the Spectre singer, even though he's publicly denied it. If he does end up being the one, he'll be the first British male solo singer to do a Bond theme since 1965, when Tom Jones sang "Thunderball." Meanwhile, bookies have Sam's buddy Ed Sheeran at 8/1 -- he's publicly said that he doesn't think he could do a good job.
Ellie Goulding is at 10/1, even though Sam said has stated that she got the job, and she recently tweeted "Live and Let Die." That's the title of a 1974 Bond film.
Adele, who won an Oscar and a Grammy for the theme to the last Bond film, Skyfall, is at 12/1 odds, while singer Lana Del Rey is at 14/1. Bookies have Lorde at 16/1, but as The Hollywood Reporter notes, she's deeply involved with another movie franchise, The Hunger Games, so it's probably unlikely she'd take this one on as well.
Mendes says the theme sounds "fantastic." We'll just have to wait and see.
Brooklin Rosenstock/FOXJason Derulo is a singer and songwriter, but this year, he added "reality show judge" to his resume, joining the panel of Fox's long-running series So You Think You Can Dance. As the show heads into the home stretch, the "Want to Want You" singer says his time on the panel this season has been a real learning experience for him.
"I think as a performer you should be able to humble yourself enough to learn from anybody," Jason tells ABC Radio. "Whether they’re professional or not, you should be able to be so humble that you can take insight from anywhere. So this show has offered me a bunch of that."
He adds, "You know, I sit next to Paula Abdul, who is probably one of the most influential choreographers, Nigel Lythgoe, who’s the creator of the show, and it’s been amazing."
Not only has Jason been able to soak up knowledge from those two veterans but, he says, the contestants have a thing or two to teach him as well.
"I get to watch amazing dancers from all across the world and they all bring something totally different, you know what I’m saying? So I definitely take heed," Jason tells ABC Radio. "And I’m able to give off a lot of the information that I’ve garnered over the years. I have so much that I can give."
While he's on the show, Jason doesn't have a lot of time to perform on stage himself, but he has a few tour dates coming up starting this weekend at the Dubuque County Fair in Iowa. He's also appearing at the Wisconsin State Fair on August 7, and at the Washington State Fair on September 26.