Columbia RecordsPharrell is having a stellar 2014, thanks largely in part to his Oscar-nominated smash hit single "Happy." To continue his momentum, the singer has announced the next single off his latest album, G I R L.
"'Come Get It Bae' is actually my next U.S. single after 'Happy.' 'Marilyn Monroe' is the International single," he confirmed on Twitter. His next offering features guest vocals from Miley Cyrus.
The hitmaker's "Come Get it Bae" was recently used as the soundtrack to TNT's NBA playoffs promotional campaign.
In addition to promoting his album, Pharrell also is working on his second literary project, following 2012's Places and Spaces I've Been. "Happy...just finished my new book. You can only read it online. I'll tweet the link on Thursday. Hope you enjoy," he tweeted.
ABC/Adam TaylorSince LMFAO stopped party rockin' and took a hiatus, group member SkyBlu has released a solo album, but we haven't gotten one yet from his musical partner and uncle, Redfoo. But the singer says he's finally ready to show the world what he's learned over the past year or so.
"I'm working on the album now," Redfoo told ABC News Radio earlier this week backstage at Dancing with the Stars, where he was a guest judge. "I've been working on it for a while now because I just keep going on tour, coming back, doing shows [and] doing stuff." But finally, he says, "I've assembled a team of creative people that I love to be around and now we're knocking out songs."
In addition to releasing a couple of singles and making appearances all over the world, and sponsoring an annual tennis tournament in Las Vegas, Redfoo's been serving as a judge on The X Factor Australia, and he says that's helped him figure out what kind of record he wants to make.
"You know, I'm getting better at interpreting how I feel into music, even better than before. So, I'm laser-focused, and I'm on the piano everyday and I'm expressing and I'm so excited," he tells ABC News Radio. "I've been on the X Factor, now I've done this. I know what I need to put together to entertain the world!"
So, he's done X Factor Australia, and Dancing with the Stars...is there a chance we'll see Redfoo appear on any other reality TV shows in the near future?
"Well, I'm on X Factor Australia, right now, so, you know, in America, maybe," he says. "Because I love it. It's fun and...some of the shows you get to mentor people, you know. But this dancing show is incredible! It's so stimulating!"
Image courtesy Lorde via InstagramEarlier this week, Lorde postponed her Australia tour due to what she described as a "nasty chest infection and general ill health." She's since provided visual evidence that she's feeling under the weather.
A photo of the 17-year-old New Zealand singer lying on a bed, staring at the ceiling, has been posted onto her Instagram page. The accompanying message reads, "this is a photo of an ill exhausted zombie after the show in vegas a few days ago. it's good to be resting up at home." She performed in Vegas last week.
Lorde's Australia tour had been set to begin Thursday. The dates have not yet been rescheduled.
Courtesy: TimeThere's certainly no doubt that Beyonce is one of the world's most influential entertainers. Now TIME magazine has dubbed her one of the world's 100 most influential people -- so much so that she's featured on the issue's cover.
An essay written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg notes how Beyonce "took the world by surprise" last December with the unexpected, unpublicized release of her smash, self-titled album, followed by her sold-out Mrs. Carter Show world tour. For her part, Beyonce says in a video essay that being selected by TIME "[Is] not about fashion, or beauty, or music. It's about the influence I've had on culture. And to be amongst the other influential people is a huge honor for me."
Beyonce's included in the category "Titans," along with Pharrell Williams, whose essay by Justin Timberlake begins, "At 41 and still with the swagger and appearance of a college kid, he has been the biggest part of our soundtrack for the past 15 years. And you will never see him doing it without a smile on his face."
It's probably no surprise that Miley Cyrus is on the list, too. Dolly Parton pens that essay, noting that Miley was "smotherin' and chokin'" beneath her Hannah Montana persona, "So she felt she had to do something completely drastic. And she did. She made her point, she made her mark, and more power to her."
You can see the complete list of TIME's influential people at Time.com.
ABC/Donna SvennevikOneRepublic's Ryan Tedder always seems to collaborate with chart-topping pop divas, but you don't hear much about him working with male performers. However, the singer has confirmed that he's been working on something with One Direction's Harry Styles, and says he's impressed that Harry, and the other members of the group, have managed to avoid being total basket cases.
Asked by the British paper The Guardian to comment on rumors that he's been writing with Harry, Ryan at first plays coy, but then reveals, "Yes, we did do something, is the truth. I can't say what it's for, though."
He adds, "I did hang out with One Direction in London...I'm always impressed or extremely happy when I end up in the same room with a band who are at the stage of nuclear explosion in their career and they're so normal it almost turns you off. Like, 'How are you not more messed up right now? I'm looking for syringes, where are they?'"
And speaking of stars who are normal, Ryan is also friendly with U2's Bono -- he's pretty much friends with everyone -- and he tells The Guardian that he was amazed that when the two were driving around Dublin recently, he couldn't believe it when the driver dropped them off outside a coffee shop, and Bono was able to simply walk down the street without being mobbed by fans.
"I'm like, 'No security?' and he's like, 'No, we're in Ireland, it's fine,'" Ryan recalls. "I've never seen that before in my life. He's got a confidence about him."
While DrakeandRihanna have remained mum on their relationship status, sources close to the famous pair are spilling new details on their feelings for one another.
"They got on so well and have always had a special connection from the moment they met…and now they have found each other again, everyone just feels like this is it," a spy tells E! News.
Ri Ri and Drizzy have been spotted at various public places, including a recent date where they hugged and kissed at the Clippers basketball game in Los Angeles on April 10.
"Their friends are so happy that they're together. There's a real feeling among their inner circle that they were always meant to be together," the insider continued. "They really are made for one another. Everyone knows it. And Drake could not be happier. They couldn't be better suited."
Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol was a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll on Wednesday night. Each contestant in the top six performed two songs: one from the rock genre, and one from the country genre.
Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique each performance.
Here's what happened during the two-hour show:
Jena Irene was the first contestant to entertain the viewers and the studio audience. She took on the Heart classic "Barracuda." Keith said it was a great way to start the show, and that Jena set the bar high for the rest of the contestants. J-Lo said that with a little extra push Jena can make it to the finals.
Sam Woolf performed the Imagine Dragons tune "It's Time." Jennifer said she had "goosies" while listening to Sam. Harry said Sam's a sweet, humble and kind guy, and he's adding layers to that.
C.J. Harris channeled his inner Lenny Kravitz on Lenny's version of The Guess Who song "American Woman." Keith urged him to bring out the proper emotions when singing tunes like that one. Jennifer said it was shaky at first, but C.J. started to connect with the crowd toward the middle.
Alex Preston covered Neon Trees' "Animal." Keith drew light boos when he told Alex he wanted him to "release" a bit more. J-Lo agreed.
Caleb Johnson belted out the Black Crowes' "Sting Me." He lost his microphone at one point, but Jennifer and Keith both were amazed by the way he handled the situation and recovered.
Jessica Meuse performed Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love." Harry said she delivered in a powerful and rhythmic way. Keith liked it too, though he encouraged her to "release" more, too.
Sam opened the country portion of the show by singing Shania Twain's "You're Still The One." Keith advised Sam to relax on stage. Harry added that Sam may want to not perform with the same tone throughout the song.
Caleb handled "Undo It," by former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. Jennifer and Harry both felt there was more magic in his first performance of the night.
Alex tackled Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind." Harry said it was exactly what it needed to be. Keith would've liked to have heard a little more "heartbreak" in the vocals.
Jena performed another Carrie Underwood song, "So Small." Keith said it was the "best journey" to watch her throughout the season. Jennifer said she was so into the performance that it was as if the band had disappeared. Harry, on the other hand, didn't know where Jena was going with it.
C.J. played "Whatever It Is," by Zac Brown Band. Jennifer said this was more his style, but she expected more from him. Harry said it wasn't C.J.'s best performance. After the judges made their comments, C.J. dedicated the song to a young girl from his hometown who passed away earlier this week.
Jessica closed out the night with Dolly Parton's "Jolene." Keith hated the arrangement, but both he and Harry thought the vocals were strong.
One contestant will be eliminated on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty ImagesPink is featured in People magazine's brand-new 50 Most Beautiful People issue, and while she's not on the cover, she is featured inside the publication buck-naked.
Pink is posing as part of a feature called "Naked at 34," where five different female celebrities show off their nude bodies. In a photo on People's website, which a People rep tells ABC News Radio is slightly different from the one in the actual magazine, Pink's seen in black-and-white, sitting sideways and slightly hunched over so we can't see her naughty bits. We can, however, see her impressive collection of tattoos, which are probably more extensive than you realize. Pink is also naked in black-and-white inside the actual magazine, which hits newsstands Friday.
"I was a gymnast for eight years, starting when I was 4 years old,” Pink tells People, explaining where she got her body confidence. "So instead of thinking, 'Am I skinny? What does my body look like?’ I grew up thinking, ‘Am I fast enough? How can I use my body?’ I’m a person who could always lose a couple here and there, but I would rather be strong than bony.”
Pink says that her two-year-old daughter Willow shares her mom's penchant for shedding her clothes.
"She said to me the other day, ‘Mama, on Tuesday I think we should get naked and have a naked booby butt dance party.’ I was like, ‘I’m in.’”
The other stars who stripped off for People include Orange Is the New Black star Laura Prepon, actress Rachel Leigh Cook, Devious Maids star Dania Ramirez and actress, model and ex-pro wrestler Stacy Keibler.
James Franco and Seth Rogen have made it a point to poke fun at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, from their parody "Bound 3" video last November to their recent recreation of Kanye and Kim's Vogue cover, where they superimposed their faces on the bodies of the "#worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple." Now, it seems the comedic actors have been invited to partake in the couple's wedding festivities.
During a recent interview on on ABC's The View, Franco says West invited the duo to "perform [the 'Bound 2' parody] live the night before his wedding at Versailles."
Franco adds that they seriously considered the offer but says he's "I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen." He explains, "I think it would have been awesome for about 10 seconds, but then there would be Seth with his shirt off in front of all the Kardashians and all the rap world."
Kanye and Kim are reportedly set to exchange vows next month in Paris.
Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.Looks like the soundtrack of Frozen ended up in quite a few Easter baskets over the holiday weekend.
The soundtrack to the hit Disney animated film, which came out last year, has just scored its best sales week yet, moving 259,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. As a result, the album spends its 11th non-consecutive week at #1 on the Billboard album chart. That means Frozen has now passed The Lion King as the longest-running #1 soundtrack ever for an animated film.
Billboardnotes that Easter usually benefits albums that are child- or family-friendly, which explains Frozen's blockbuster week. More proof: One Direction's Midnight Memories experienced a 68% sales increase, while the latest Kidz Bop album is up 126%.
Elsewhere on the chart, Jason Derulo's unorthodox plan of releasing three singles before finally dropping his new album, Talk Dirty, seems to have paid off. The album has debuted at #4, becoming the singer's first-ever top-10 album. The highest he'd ever gotten previously was #11, with his self-titled debut, which featured the hit "Whatcha Say."
Courtesy MTVLast year, the MTV Video Music Awards became the first awards show to take place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. This year, the show, which airs August 24, will be the first-ever awards telecast at the Los Angeles Forum.
That legendary venue dates back to 1967, and has hosted concerts by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Prince and others. It just re-opened in January of this year with all the latest high-tech bells, whistles and amenities.
MTV President Stephen Friedman said in a statement, "With its incomparable legacy as a world-class music venue, the Forum is one of Southern California’s most iconic entertainment landmarks...[and has] has hosted some of the most legendary musical artists and performances ever seen and we can’t wait to add the 2014 Video Music Awards to this list and create the type of memorable moments that music fans will talk about for years to come.”
Of course, it'll be hard to top last year's show, which was so memorable that an 'N SYNC reunion was the second most exciting thing that happened all night. Perhaps you remember the first -- it involved Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and a foam finger.
Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramNo matter where he goes in the world, trouble follows Justin Bieber. He's been forced to apologize for visiting a shrine in Japan.
Justin stopped by the Yasukuni Shrine while in Japan, and posted a photo of it on Instagram, along with the caption, "Thank you for your blessings." Time magazine reports that, while his Beliebers retweeted and liked the posting numerous times, it caused an uproar in China, because it turns out the shrine is quite controversial. It was erected to commemorate Japans' war dead, but that includes former military leaders who committed atrocities across Asia -- including against the Chinese -- during World War II.
Justin subsequently deleted his photo and posting of the shrine and shared an Instagram post of Time magazine's article. He then added this apology:
"While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine. I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan."
At least the Bieb apologized, which is something hasn't done for some of his other more egregious behavior over the past year.
Michael Becker/FOXThroughout the current American Idol season, some contestants have said that they've been confused by some of the judges' comments and advice -- especially Harry Connick Jr.'s frequent use of highly-technical musical terms. But the show's latest eliminated contestant says all that could have been avoided...if they had just been issued a reference book ahead of time.
"Harry, you know, he says some crazy stuff sometimes," says Dexter Roberts, when asked how the judges can make themselves more clear to the contestants. "And...Keith [Urban], he says some off the wall stuff. But you know, I guess we just need to have a dictionary and we can just look up their terms before we get on the show!"
So he agrees that the judges are talking over the heads of the contestants? "Sorta, sometimes," Dexter tells ABC News Radio. "But we've come a long way and learned to answer their questions, because they kind of taught us as we've been going on."
Now that Dexter's off the show, he'll still be rooting for the rest of the contestants, but will he be rooting for one in particular over the others? After all, he and fellow finalist C.J. Harris were friends for five years before they ever tried out for the show. But Dexter denies that he's favoring C.J. to take the crown.
"Me and him's been together so long, you know, I'm rooting for him, but I'm rooting for everybody because we've become a family," he tells ABC News Radio. "Each week, you'd think we'd be like, 'Oh yeah! I'm glad they're going home!' But it's really sad, because we've become so close to each other, and it sucks to see someone go, so I'm rooting for everybody."
On top of that, Dexter says there won't be any jealousy between him and C.J., even if his friend ends up winning the competition.
"He said the first day, 'If we make it pretty far in the competition, we're still gonna be friends, if [one of us] goes home?' And I was like, 'Of course. We're [still] gonna be buddies.'" In fact, Dexter says he'd like to record an album of duets with C.J. at some point in the future.
But first, the singer from Fayette, Alabama says he plans to head to Nashville to land a solo record deal. And that's not the end of his ambition: he says he'd also like to star in his own TV show about hunting. But which one of those things would he like more?
"Well, I want both, so it's hard," he laughs. "I wanna sing...in front of thousands, millions of people, but I want my own TV show, so it's in between that."
Now that Dexter's out of the Idol bubble, we asked if he could shed some light on one more thing: is Caleb Johnson really going to prom with Jena Irene, as he claimed on the show? "I have no idea," says Dexter. "There's no tellin', betwen them two!"
American Idol continues Wednesday night on Fox, with the contestants each performing a country song and a rock song. Dexter says if he'd stayed, the rock song he had prepared was Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
Image courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramJustin Bieber will be staying here in the U.S., despite an online petition on the White House website, We the People, seeking to have him deported.
The White House responded to the request with, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”
The statement went on to explain that, “to avoid the appearance of improper influence, the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government in its response to a petition."
The White House added, "We'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case.”
The petition, which was launched in January, claimed the troubled 20-year-old pop star is "a terrible influence on our nation's youth." It drew nearly 274 thousand signatures, well beyond the 100 thousand needed to generate an official response.
The petition came on the heels of several run-ins Bieber had with the law, including his DUI arrest in Miami Beach.
PRNewsFoto/Burton Snowboards/John KeatleyYou know Ryan Lewis as the "other guy" in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But now, the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist is speaking out about something very personal: his mother's decades-long battle with HIV.
Ryan's mom, Julie Lewis, contracted HIV in 1984, when she received a blood transfusion after giving birth to her oldest child, Teresa. She wasn't actually diagnosed until 1990, at which time she was told she only had a few years to live. But she went on to have two more kids -- Ryan and his sister Laura -- who were born HIV-free, and Julie now has been living with the virus for 30 years. As a result, she's now launching the 30/30 Project, which plans to build medical centers around the world that will be self-sustaining for at least 30 years.
The initial goal is five new facilities, the first of which will be in Malawi. If that name sounds familiar, that's because it's the African nation from which Madonna adopted two of her children. The launch of the project also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the discovery that the HIV virus leads to AIDS.
In a statement, Ryan Lewis says, "With this amazing past year that I've had, I'm honored to be the first donor to the 30/30 Project. I'm hoping people will join me, and join my family's story, to see how far we can take this."
In a video explaining the Lewis family story, as well as the details of the project, Macklemore says, "I've known Julie and the Lewis family for years now, and have always found inspiration behind their family's incredible story. Ryan, myself and the whole team are stepping up in full support of the 30/30 project...we want to see this idea put into action. Any amount that you can donate goes directly to building healthcare centers worldwide."
Ryan's mom adds, "We believe that healthcare is a human right. We have the knowledge and we have the treatments. Life threatening diseases like HIV/AIDS can be managed. What people need is access."
You can learn more about the project and how to donate by visiting 3030project.org.
ABC/Jon LeMayEver since Taylor Swiftshelled out a reported $17 million a year ago for a huge mansion in Rhode Island's tony Watch Hill neighborhood, the home has been the site of much drama, from random trespassers, to angry locals accusing her of blocking access to the beach. Now, word is she's looking to unload the 11,000 square-foot home.
The rumor evidently started when a reporter for the local Rhode Island paper The Westerly Suntweeted, "Is Taylor Swift's Watch Hill mansion for sale? I'm hearing that but I can't confirm." This, of course, set off all kinds of speculation from various real estate blogs, all noting the sprawling home's eight bedrooms, 10 1/2 baths, reception rooms, 45-foot-long sun porch, five-car heated garage, balconies, swimming pool and sweeping views.
A rep for Taylor did not immediately return emails from ABC News Radio seeking comment on whether or not the home is for sale.
In addition to the Rhode Island mansion, Taylor also owns a condo in Nashville, a place in Los Angeles, and a newly-purchased pad in Manhattan. She has definitely enjoyed the Rhode Island mansion, though, telling Rolling Stone, "Man, Rhode Island's a good place. It's a really good place. I've loved really being with my girlfriends a lot [there]. Like, there have been a lot of kitchen dance parties with my girlfriends."
Meanwhile, the singer may have moved on to greener pastures...or at least sandier beaches. She tweeted a photo of herself on Monday walking along a beautiful beach wearing a green bikini, with the caption, "Looking for Easter eggs." It's not clear where the photo was taken.
NBCThe Voice said goodbye to two of its 12 artists on Tuesday night.
In the first live results show of the season, Team Usher member T.J. Wilkins and Dani Moz of Team Shakira were eliminated. The bottom three, which were based on the viewers' votes, also included one of Dani's teammates, Tess Boyer.
Tess was saved by the fans in the final minutes of the show. Following performances by the three artists, the fans were asked to support their favorite by tweeting the hashtag #VoiceSave, along with the singer's first name.
Tess sang Kelly Clarkson's "Dark Side"; T.J. performed Edwin McCain's "I'll Be"; and Dani Moz covered Adele's "Turning Tables."
The one-hour results show also featured performances by Team Adam Levine and Team Blake Shelton. Adam joined his artists for a rendition of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," while Blake and his crew took on Travis Tritt's "Put Some Drive In Your Country."
Shakira took the stage, too, singing "Empire" from her recently-released self-titled album.
19 Entertainment/Interscope RecordsPhillip Phillips has now released more details of his sophomore album, Behind the Light, which is due May 19, and he's booked a major TV appearance to boot.
A deluxe digital version of the disc is available for pre-order now, and those who take advantage of that deal will receive an instant download of a new song, "Fly." The deluxe edition of Behind the Light features three additional songs: "My Boy," "Don't Trust Me" and "Armless Crawler."
On May 20, the day after the album hits stores, Phillip will perform on ABC's Good Morning America. As previously reported, Phillip will kick off a tour with the band O.A.R. on June 12 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Behind-the-scenes footage of Phillip shooting the video for his current single, "Raging Fire," is now available to watch on Vevo.
Here's the standard track list for Behind the Light:
“Searchlight” “Raging Fire” “Trigger” “Lead On” “Alive Again” “Open Your Eyes” “Fool for You” “Thicket” “Fly” “Unpack Your Heart” “Face” “Midnight Sun"
Trae Patton/NBCIf Gwen Stefani is really joining The Voice, current coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton aren't talking.
"We can neither confirm or deny," Adam told E!, and Blake chimed in, "If there is a person in this world named Gwen Stefani, I think she would probably be a great addition to this show."
"If there was a Gwen Stefani that was gonna be on the show and that also happened to also be the singer in No Doubt and a fashion icon, and many many other wonderful things, I think if that were to happen, that would be great," Adam added. "But I can't say whether or not that's true."
OK, now, how about a serious answer?
"I hope it's true," Voice host Carson Daly tells E!. "Nothing's confirmed, but if that's the case, should there be fire behind the smoke, we should be so lucky!"
If Gwen does become a coach on The Voice, it'll be on the show's seventh season, which begins filming in June.
Aftermath/Shady/InterscopePerhaps it's no surprise after Eminem posted his cowboy-themed Instagram photo, but the rapper has been announced as part of the lineup of performers for this fall’s Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, TX.
The rapper will serve as a headlining performer alongside OutKast when the event takes place over two weekends on October 3-5 and October 10-12. The 13th annual festival will also include showcases from Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Beck, Pearl Jam, and more.
Three-day passes cost $225 and they're available now. Fans can expect single-day tickets to go on sale at a later date.