ABC/Fred LeeSia is one of several musicians who've just been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body that hands out the Oscars. The main benefit of Academy membership is that you get to vote on who wins the Academy Awards each year.
On Wednesday, the organization extended 683 membership invitations to musicians, actors, filmmakers and executives alike. Of that group, 41 percent are people of color and 46 percent are female. You may recall that the lack of diversity among nominees earlier this year spawned the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.
Sia was invited because she's written music for several films, including Shakira's song "Try Everthing" from Zootopia and "Salted Wound," on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. She also wrote Rihanna's new ballad "Sledgehammer," which is featured in the new Star Trek movie. Other musicians invited include Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and Mary J. Blige.
In other Sia news, she interviewed her frequent video star, Maddie Ziegler, for the new issue of Seventeen. During their chat, Sia says, "My goal is to give girls and boys a different idea of expression. It’s not always about looking pretty or cute. It’s about expressing yourself however that may be, even if that’s being silly or goofy or weird."
Speaking about celebrity, she tells Maddie, "There’s this image of us on the red carpet, being really fancy, and then there’s the reality. I’m in bed doing this interview. I just played tennis, the three dogs are on the floor -- and you know I’m picking up poop at some point today.”
ABC/Lou Rocco; ABC/Randy HolmesTheir relationship is already sacred. Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston continued their Roman holiday Wednesday with a trip to the Vatican, UsWeekly reports.
The two, coordinating in light-colored outfits, toured the Pope’s home and held hands as they walked around. Earlier in the week, they took a private tour of the Colosseum and enjoyed a romantic meal nearby.
Taylor ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris, meanwhile, is enjoying a vacation of his own. He was spotted in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on a private yacht with a bevy of beauties.
Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesDemi Lovato and Nick Jonas kick off their Future Now tour tonight, and Demi’s making it extra special. The singer announced on the Future Now tour’s Twitter page that she’ll be debuting a new single during the show in Atlanta.
She revealed that the song is called “Body Say” and also showed off the single’s sexy artwork, featuring her topless in a bed with her bra strewn off to the side.
Demi previously told USA Today that her new sound is “definitely sexier.” She added, “It’s more adult and there’s also some songs on my album that have more of a country influence. We’ll see where it goes -- you never really know until it’s finished.”
Lester Cohen/Getty Images via ABCIf you love Rihanna and her new single, "Sledgehammer," then get ready -- the music video is coming to IMAX theaters Thursday!
"#SLEDGEHAMMERVIDEO tomorrow! 1st ever #IMAX music video debut at 9AM EST," Rihannatweeted, along with a nearly thirty-second clip from the video.
The music video for "Sledgehammer" marks the first of its kind shot only with IMAX cameras. "I have been a fan of Star Trek since I was a little girl. Being able to be the first director to shoot a music video entirely with IMAX cameras and use this revolutionary technology to explore a different type of new territory was a dream come true," says director Director Floria Sigismondi.
"Sledgehammer" was written for the Star Trek Beyond movie, set to debut in theaters July 22.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIt seems Calvin Harris is doing just fine since his breakup with Taylor Swift. While Taylor gallivants around Europe with her new beau Tom Hiddleston, Calvin is enjoying a Mexican getaway with a bunch of beautiful babes.
The DJ-producer posted some Snapchat photos of himself with the group of women on a private yacht in Cabo San Lucas. “I write songs,” he captioned it. His pick-up line, perhaps?
Calvin was traveling with his longtime friend Emil Nava, who directed the video for his Rihanna collab “This Is What You Came For.”
ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Mayer is single and ready to mingle. The singer dished on his romantic life -- or lack thereof -- on Watch What Happens Live Tuesday.
"I'm ready to roll,” he said of his relationship status. “I'm older and more mature than I've ever been. The stage is set, I’m excited for a meet cute at some point. So I’m single and I’m excited about the future.”
John’s most recent high-profile relationship was his on-again off-again romance with Katy Perry, which ended for good last year. Katy has since moved on with Orlando Bloom.
For now, John is just enjoying being able to spend more time with his friends. He even talked about hitting some gay clubs with WWHL host Andy Cohen.
RCA RecordsNo wedding reception is complete without a spin of Kool & the Gang's classic "Celebration," but in a new survey of wedding DJs conducted by Billboard magazine, that song ranks right at the bottom of the most popular tunes played at weddings across the country.
Billboard asked wedding DJs in 13 different cities, including Las Vegas, New York, L.A. and Washington, D.C., for their lists of their most frequently played songs. The publication then compiled a list of the 100 most popular tunes, and surprisingly, "Celebration" is #100. So what's #1? "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.
The list includes nearly every musical genre, from classic rock, to country, to pop, to new wave, to Latin, to hip-hop. The top 10 is a cross-section of eras and styles, and includes some surprisingly recent tunes. Two songs you'd think would rank higher -- Pharrell's "Happy" and Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" -- came in at #15 and #16 respectively.
Here's the top 10:
10. Isley Brothers -- "Shout Part 1," a.k.a. "That song from Animal House" 9. Michael Jackson -- "Don't Stop til You Get Enough" 8. Journey -- Don't Stop Believin'" 7. Usher, Lil Jon & Ludacris -- "Yeah" 6. Earth, Wind & Fire -- "September" 5. Whitney Houston -- I Wanna Dance with Somebody" 4. Justin Timberlake -- "Can't Stop the Feeling!" 3. WALK THE MOON -- "Shut Up and Dance" 2. Taylor Swift -- "Shake It Off" 1. Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars -- "Uptown Funk"
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV'N SYNC, get ready for people to walk all over you. The top-selling boy band -- Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez -- is just one of the musical acts who'll be receiving their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.
Along with 'NSYNC, another famous boy band, New Edition, will get a star, as well John Legend, rap legend Ice Cube, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Hall & Oates and the late Latina singer Selena, who was murdered by her former employee in 1995. Jennifer Lopez portrayed Selena in a 1997 biopic, and Selena Gomez was named after her.
Exact dates for the Walk of Fame ceremonies have not yet been scheduled. After a celebrity has been selected to receive a star, they have two years to schedule their appearance in Hollywood to attend the ceremony.
David Becker/Getty Images via ABC"Work from Home" has become Fifth Harmony's biggest hit to date, reaching the top 10. The popularity of the single helped their sophomore album, 7/27, debut in the top five on the chart. Why is the song such a big hit? Simple, say the girls.
"I think just the change of music that’s happened throughout the years, simplicity is becoming the most favorable thing and most effective thing," Dinah Jane tells ABC Radio. "So I think that’s what resonates best with people. They love songs they can sing back with, you know? So I feel like that’s what’s so fun about it."
Even still, the girls had no idea that the song would become as big as it has.
"We definitely did not predict the success of it at all," Lauren Jauregui tells ABC Radio. "I don’t think you really ever can with a hit so we’re really excited about how well it did and how well people received it."
Fifth Harmony are now on tour overseas. The North American leg of their tour starts on July 27, in keeping with the title of their latest album.
Yu TsaiDemi Lovato's album Confident came out less than a year ago, but she's already working on new music -- specifically, the first single from her next album.
Demi tells USA Today that she may debut the new single during her #FutureNow tour with Nick Jonas. So what does her new music sound like? "This new sound is definitely sexier," Demi reveals. "It's more adult and there's also some songs...that have more of a country influence. We'll see where it goes -- you never really know until it's finished."
Demi teamed up with country superstar Brad Paisley for the duet "Without a Fight," so the country influence may not be so surprising. The "sexier" and "more adult" description isn't surprising either, given Demi's recent songs like "Cool for the Summer" and "Confident."
USA Today also reports that in addition to making new music, Demi and Nick will spend their downtime on tour binging on their favorite show: both love Game of Thrones, Demi enjoys The Walking Dead and Nick likes Silicon Valley.
Photo: Business WireKaty Perry is teaming up with Staples again to help schools across the country afford the supplies they need.
Staples donated one-million-dollars to DonorsChoose.org in order to help public school teachers get the resources they need. In a new PSA, Katy encourages viewers to make donations of their own by visiting a local Staples or StaplesForStudents.org.
“I believe in education as a foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and afforded every opportunity to realize their dreams,” Katy says in a statement.
The singer previously worked with Staples in 2014 for the same cause.
Meanwhile, fans who spend $25 or more in any Staples store will receive a code on their receipt to enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win a $50,000 scholarship and a trip to Los Angeles to meet Katy. Entries must be submitted before September 10.
Simon EmmettAdele hasn’t been heartbroken in a while. She’s been happily partnered with Simon Konecki since 2011. But that doesn’t mean she’s stopped singing or listening to sad breakup songs.
The singer reveals her favorite breakup songs -- not counting her own -- to People magazine. They include Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “After the Storm” by Mumford & Sons, “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine, and “Not Like the Movies” by Katy Perry.
These songs might bring a tear to her eye, but here’s something Adele's definitely not crying about: The boost to her record sales following her Glastonbury performance over the weekend. Her album, 25, is on track to once again take the number-one spot on the U.K. album chart this week. According to the U.K.’s Official Charts Company, the album will see a 176 percent sales increase.
Meanwhile, Music Week reports Adele’s performance at the festival on Saturday was the BBC’s most-watched headlining Glastonbury set since 2008. It saw a peak of 3.7 million viewers.
ABC/Lou Rocco; ABC/Randy HolmesAfter a whirlwind week of meeting each other’s parents, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are enjoying some alone time in Rome, Italy.
According to People, the two visited the historic Colosseum on Monday and were spotted holding hands while getting a private tour of the grounds. After that, they were seen together at a nearby restaurant.
The Roman holiday comes days after Taylor met Tom’s mom, Diana, in Suffolk, England. Before that, they were in Nashville meeting Taylor’s parents.
According to TMZ, Taylor’s ex Calvin Harris finds it “f****** laughable” that Taylor has already met Tom’s mom. Sources say Taylor never met Calvin’s parents -- who also live in the U.K. -- in the 15 months they were together. Apparently, her excuse was that they lived too far away.
One supposed source says Calvin thinks Taylor is moving fast with Tom in order to secure a Bond girl role, if the British actor does indeed become the new James Bond.
ABC/Craig SjodinFormer ‘NSYNC member Joey Fatone is embarking on a new career venture. The singer is launching his own hot dog cart business in The Florida Mall in Orlando.
The cart will be called Fat One’s Hot Dogs and Italian Ice, and is set to open in August. According to the Orlando Business Journal, the food stand will serve 100-percent Angus beef hot dogs in different styles like The Boybander, which features five mini hot dogs to represent the five members of ‘NSYNC.
"After years of working on television food shows, I'm excited to open this new venture which is a combination of who I am, where I'm from and where I've been," Joey says in a statement. "Launching Fat One's at The Florida Mall, where I roamed as a middle school kid, felt like a perfect fit for our first location."
Joey previously hosted the Food Network’s Rewrapped and a show called My Family Recipe Rocks.
Backstreet Boys; Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesIt seems the Backstreet Boys may be getting ready to partner with country duo Florida Georgia Line.
That's apparently the message that Backstreet's Brian Littrell was trying to get across on Instagram Monday afternoon.
Brian posted a photo of a mixing board and computer audio workstation with the caption, "In the Lab......Doing something we've never done before.... BSB feature with FGL..... Great record.... Comes out late August."
Florida Georgia Line are no strangers to cross-genre collaborations. The pair famously featured Nelly on the 2013 remix of their smash hit, "Cruise." The duo's third album also just happens to drop in late August, on the 26.
Jeff ForneyAt the peak of its popularity, you pretty much couldn’t go anywhere without hearing MAGIC!’s debut single, “Rude.” Well imagine being the band and having to perform the song every single day. Frontman Nasri Atweh admits to Rolling Stone that pretty much “instantly” after the catchy tune became a hit, he grew tired of singing it.
"I started to feel like a dancing monkey," he says. "I'm definitely a good sport. I had fun singing 'Rude' every time. But when you do it so many times in a row every day you start to feel that way. Especially as creative beings."
The experience ended up inspiring a song on the band’s new album, appropriately titled “Dance Monkey Dance.”
If anything, the mega success of the song has taught the band that they better be committed to the songs they put out -- because they could be performing them for a long time. “When you make the bed you better learn to lie on it,” Nasri says. “I'm very aware of that with the second album.”
MAGIC!’s second album, Primary Colors, comes out Friday, July 1.
Chapman BaehlerDanish band Lukas Graham are one of the hottest new acts of the year thanks to their hit "7 Years." Many of the song's lyrics were inspired by the childhood of singer Lukas Graham Forchhammer, who grew up in Christiania, a part of Copenhagen that's essentially a hippie commune. In fact, for years, he says his house didn't even have indoor plumbing -- and he liked it that way.
The residents of Christiania, established in 1971, have their own rules, apart from the Danish government, and many live in ramshackle homes with no heat or bathrooms. "I remember getting a toilet in our house," Lukas tells ABC Radio. "I remember sharing a bedroom with my sister and my little sister was sleeping in my mom and dad’s room. We had two bedrooms upstairs and one big room downstairs with kitchen [and] living room...I remember getting the toilet in the bathroom, and I found it so weird showering in our own house!"
Prior to that, Lukas says, he and his family would go to a public bathhouse, like everyone else in Christiania, and he loved it.
"Our bathhouse was awesome!" Lukas says. "You’d meet all your friends and your friends’ brothers and sisters. It was like a nudist, unisex bathhouse, three hot showers, two cold showers, a big wood-fired sauna -- like, luxury bath facilities. Like, we had a spa for a bathroom my whole childhood! And it was free for kids and you’d pay, like, one dollar for a grown-up."
Even now, as an international pop star, Lukas enjoys going back home and using the bathhouse. "Now I think I pay four bucks for my bath, I pay two bucks for my towel. So six bucks, I get to use a sauna!" he raves. "I find it amazing."
Lukas admits that his upbringing was a bit odd, though. For example, in progressive, liberal, Christiania, weed and hashish are used and sold freely, and the main drag is actually called "Pusher Street." Hard drugs are banned, however.
"It’s very magical," says Lukas. "We have the lowest violence rate in the inner city because people there take care of each other and watch out for each other. But it’s a trippy place!"
Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesDemi Lovato has been brutally honest about her addictions and eating disorder before, but in a new interview with American Way magazine she admits she didn’t think she’d live to see her 21st birthday.
“I lived fast and I was going to die young,” the 23-year-old says, adding, “I didn’t think I would make it to 21.”
Demi says her body image issues began at a young age. Both her mother and her grandmother suffered from bulimia. “Even though I was 2 or 3 years old,” she says, “being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder…it’s hard not to grow up like that.”
Being in beauty pageants as a kid also didn’t help matters. Now, years after her rehab stint, she feels comfortable in her own skin. But she says she won’t keep posing naked just to prove it.
“I’m like, ‘Cool. Been there. Done that. You all know what I look like naked,’” she says. “Now I’m just going to go back to my voice.”