Credit: Eliot Lee HazelImagine Dragons will be searching for the rainbow connection this fall when they guest on ABC's The Muppets TV series, which premieres on September 22.
"We just filmed a segment with Imagine Dragons," announced writer and executive producer Bob Kushell at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. "So, yes, there will be very top notch singer-songwriters, performers, bands on the show and musical acts. But the show is not a variety show, it's not about that."
As for how musical acts like Imagine Dragons will fit into The Muppets, Kushell explains that they will be guests on Miss Piggy's talk show, Up Late with Miss Piggy. The series follows The Muppets as they work on the production of Up Late.
"It's about what happens behind-the-scenes at Up Late with Miss Piggy, and that's what you're gonna see," Kushell says. "So you'll see parts of the show with those bands on the show, but there won't be a full act, per se."
The Muppets premieres September 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Weeknd has finally revealed the track list for his highly anticipated album, Beauty Behind the Madness.
The 14-track project sees the singer collaborating with Labrinth on "Losers, Lana Del Rey on "Prisoner," and Ed Sheeran on "Dark Times." The set also features the singles “Often,” “The Hills,” and “Can’t Feel My Face,” which was his first digital #1.
Fan can anticipate a personal project this time around. “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 told The New York Times. “Ups and downs. … In my past albums, there were never ups.”
Beauty Behind the Madness arrives August 28.
Here's the official track list:
"Real Life" "Losers" (featuring Labrinth) "Tell Your Friends" "Often" "The Hills" "Acquainted" "Can't Feel My Face" "Shameless" "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" "In the Night" "As You Are" "Dark Times" (featuring Ed Sheeran) "Prisoner" (featuring Lana Del Rey) "Angel"
Max Abadian/SeventeenIggy Azalea wasn’t shy about admitting she got breast implants, and now she’s confirming to Seventeen magazine that she got a nose job, as well.
"I'm not denying it. Denying it is lame,” she tells the mag in a September cover story.
Most people noticed the Aussie rapper’s face looked a bit different at the Billboard Music Awards in May, but she hasn’t spoken publicly about the change until now. She doesn’t think there’s any reason to hide it, though.
"I don't think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself, which is why I've spoken about the changes I've made, like with my breasts," she says.
But she’s not encouraging fans to rush into any kind of plastic surgery, either. "Your perception of yourself can change a lot over time," she says, "so I think it's important to wait and make sure it's the right choice."
Iggy says she did a lot of online research before decided to get a nose job, and she admits it wasn’t an easy process.
"Plastic surgery is an emotional journey," she explains. "It's no easy feat to live with your flaws and accept yourself -- and it's no easy feat to change yourself. Either way you look at it, it's a tough journey. There are things that I didn't like about myself that I changed through surgery. There are other things I dislike but I've learned to accept."
She adds, "It's important to remember you can't change everything. You can never be perfect."
Mario Testino exclusively for Vanity FairYou know you have a good group of gal pals when you can still be friends even when you’ve dated the same people. In a new cover story for the September issue of Vanity Fair, Taylor Swift opens up about her tight-knight girl squad and admits they sometimes have the same taste in men.
“We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people,” she says. “It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with.”
For example, Taylor’s model BFF Gigi Hadid is now dating Joe Jonas, with whom Taylor once had a relationship. But she says that her pals -- who also include Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss and Ellie Goulding -- don’t judge each other; the media does enough of that.
“When you’ve got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it’s so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media…now more than ever we need to be good and kind to each other and not judge each other -- and just because you have the same taste in men, we don’t hold that against each other,” Taylor, who's now happily dating Calvin Harris, says.
Not all her friends are girls, though. Taylor credits her friendship with rapper Jay Z for allowing her to reconcile with Kanye West after he interrupted her MTV VMA speech back in 2009.
“I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along,” she says. “And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.”
When she’s not giving people #FriendshipGoals, Taylor is focusing on shaping a career that will give her the ability to help others. She's already not afraid to speak out about causes she believes in -- like Apple Music's compensation policy, which she effectively changed with a letter she wrote "around 4 a.m." and posted to Tumblr.
“If you look at Oprah, she’s made so many people happy over the years,” she says. “She’s made so much money, but she’s given so much of it away… Same thing with Angelina Jolie. She’s been so productive, but she’s used that position to better other people’s lives, and I think that’s where I’d want to be.”
Jeff Daly/NBCWhile the careers of ex-One Direction member Zayn Malik and current Little Mix member Perrie Edwards seem to be OK, their romance is not. The couple has called off their engagement, a rep for Zayn tells ABC News.
A source tells People that Perrie is "devastated," and that it was Zayn who broke it off two weeks ago. Perrie has now stopped wearing her engagement ring.
The couple got engaged in August of 2013, but never set a wedding date. Wanting to spend more time with Perrie was one of the reasons Zayn gave for leaving One Direction in March, according to his former band mate, Liam Payne.
Zayn just signed a solo deal with RCA Records; Little Mix's hit "Black Magic" is currently moving up the chart.
ABC/Fred LeeOne Direction performed for close to five thousand fans Tuesday during ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series in New York City's Central Park, but in addition to playing their hits and their new single, the band also addressed the departure of former member Zayn Malik.
"Obviously, it’s different but, you know, when you lose a member of your team, obviously everyone gets a little bit close together," Liam Payne said on GMA. "It’s still going great and that’s what this album is about. We’re still going strong and we’re all still here."
Liam and his bandmates -- Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson -- surprised fans last week Friday with the unexpected release of the first single, "Drag Me Down," from their forthcoming fifth album, due in November. 1D explained why they decided to release the track in the middle of the night.
"I think we just wanted to kind of drop it out of nowhere," Harry said of the surprise release. "Usually we kind of do a big run-up to it and we thought it’d be fun this time to just kind of drop it, and it was fun."
"Also, it's the middle of the day somewhere in the world," Niall added with a laugh.
While the band prepares their new album and travels the globe for their On The Road Again tour, one member, Louis, is preparing for a change in his personal life: becoming a dad with ex-girlfriend, Briana Jungwirth.
"Obviously it’s a very exciting time...so I'm buzzin'! Thank you," Louis said about his impending fatherhood.
Image Group LA/ABC Jordin Sparks’ upcoming album may have been heavily influenced by ‘90s R&B, but that doesn’t mean she’s opposed to giving other musical styles a try. The American Idol winner is featured on chart-topping country star Thomas Rhett’s new genre-bending album, Tangled Up.
She sings with Thomas on the track “Playing with Fire.” Thomas tweeted a short preview clip of the two of them recording the song, to which Jordin responded, "I can't wait for people to hear our collaboration!"
And she isn’t the only surprising guest star on the album. Hip-hop artist LunchMoney Lewis is also featured on a song called “I Feel Good,” which was co-written by Charlie Puth.
Tangled Up, which includes Thomas’ R&B-tinged single “Crash and Burn,” is due out September 25.
Alex LakeHozier just wrapped up the most recent U.S. leg of his tour a few days ago, and he'll spend the rest of the month playing in the U.K. before returning to North America in September for additional dates. Though at this point he's now performed for thousands and thousands of American fans, the Irish singer says he'd actually like to spend more time checking out America itself.
"I have a few spots that I’d love to explore and soak up, I have to say," Hozier tells ABC Radio. Of course, that's difficult, due to his grueling schedule. "I would love to spend a lot more time in New York if I could. I would love to see a bit more of California also. It’s just a beautiful -- just the land itself...has so much to offer," he adds. "I love San Francisco...I’d love to spend a bit of time in New Orleans, as well, I’d say."
The "Take Me to Church" singer says one thing he's noticed as he tours the U.S. and Europe is differences in his audiences, depending on where in the world he happens to be.
"It’s interesting. Like, even nation to nation, it changes. And state to state, it changes here in America, you know, and city to city it changes," he tells ABC Radio. "But...that’s always kind of part of the fun...it keeps it interesting."
But no matter where he performs, though, the Grammy-nominated singer, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says he's continually surprised to find the fans singing along with his songs, and not just "Take Me to Church," either.
"That’s incredibly exciting and especially with some of the other songs on the album, you know, I didn’t think a lot of people would connect with them," he says. "Having lyrics sang back to you is a unique experience. It’s a really, really good feeling."
Hozier's video for "Take Me to Church" has scored him a couple of nominations for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, and he hopes to attend the ceremony in L.A. at the end of this month.
Trae Patton/NBCGwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are ending their 13-year marriage, a rep for the couple told ABC News.
"While the two of us have come to the mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment. To that end, we respectfully request privacy from the media during this time," the statement from the musicians read.
Stefani, 45, and Rossdale, 49, wed in 2002. They have three sons together: Kingston, 9, Zuma, 6, and Apollo, 1.
Earlier this year, the No Doubt frontwoman opened up about her marriage to the Bush singer to Cosmopolitan magazine.
"We go through so much together — it's a miracle that we could stay together this long," she said. "It's good to have those days when we both do our own things. I think that's what keeps relationships going, when both people can be themselves and have their own individuality. That's especially important for women. It's hard to find time for yourself."
ABC/Fred Lee5 Seconds of Summer play suburban misfits in the music video for their rebellious anthem, “She’s Kinda Hot.”
As band mates Ashton, Luke, Michael and Calum jam outside a quaint suburban house, various scenes of teenage angst play out -- from a guy dealing with an annoying girlfriend to a college dropout trying to figure out what to do with his life.
Once the chorus kicks in, the guys rock out in the middle of the neighborhood atop a homemade light-up vehicle. A crowd gathers as the band sings, “We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene/Yeah, we’re all right though.”
"She's Kinda Hot" is the first single from their upcoming, second album, due out later this year.
5 Seconds of Summer will be performing live on the Teen Choice Awards Sunday, August 16, where they're nominated for six awards, including Choice International Artist and Choice Summer Music Star: Group.
Monty Brinton/CBSLady Gaga just finished up her world tour with Tony Bennett, but she isn’t wasting any time. The singer hints in an Instagram post that she’ll soon be starting work on her fifth studio album.
She posted a sunglasses-wearing selfie Monday, captioning it: “LG5 time.”
Her next album will be a follow-up to 2013’s ARTPOP and last year’s Grammy-winning jazz duet album with Tony, Cheek to Cheek.
Gaga’s final concert with Tony took place Saturday night in Washington, D.C. She helped him celebrate his 89th birthday at the show by singing “Happy Birthday” to him on stage.
She also wrote on Instagram Saturday, “I'm so sad that this tour is ending. I will never forget it as long as I live. And maybe longer.”
Aftermath RecordsEminem has never shied away from his past struggles with prescription pills, but now he's revealing how his sobriety led to a healthier lifestyle.
In an interview with Men’s Journal, the rapper reveals how he was able to lose more than 80 pounds. “In 2009, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital,” he tells the magazine. “I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating -- and eating badly.”
Slim Shady says to get in shape he became obsessive about burning 2,000 calories every day thanks to an extreme cardio regimen. “Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill,” he added. “I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come home and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds.”
You can read the full article in the magazine's September issue online now.
Business WireSam Smith is officially getting his likeness immortalized in wax. Madame Tussauds San Francisco has announced that a wax figure of the singer will debut at the museum on August 10.
The statue will join the wax doppelgangers of Elton John and Adele in the attraction’s Music Zone. Madame Tussauds also released a video of Sam’s fitting session for the figure, in which the museum’s team of designers took detailed measurements of his features and matched his eye and hair colors perfectly.
A day before the unveiling, on August 9, Sam will be performing at San Francisco’s summer music festival, Outside Lands.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCBritney Spears’ conservatorship isn’t ending any time soon, according to Us Weekly. Britney’s dad, Jamie Spears, has been overseeing her personal and financial affairs for the past seven years, and sources tell the mag he’ll remain in control indefinitely.
"There is no reason to break the conservatorship with everything working so well," an insider tells Us. "Everything is working perfectly under this arrangement and it will stay that way."
The conservatorship was initially put in place in 2008, when Jamie filed an emergency petition to care for his daughter, who was under a psychiatric medical hold at the time. Under the agreement, Britney is looked after by a team of lawyers and doctors, as well her family members. But she still has "substantial day-to-day freedom" to make her own decisions, according to TMZ.
The conservatorship has proved quite successful, TMZ says. It took in $14 million last year, and that’s only a portion of Britney’s fortune.
TESH/CosmopolitanDon’t mess with Demi Lovato. In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, the singer says she’s tougher than your average pop star.
“There are a lot of girls in pop,” she tells the mag. “They have bada** lyrics, but I feel like I’m the only person other than Rihanna and Nicki Minaj who isn’t afraid to say, ‘Try something on me and I’ll f****** beat you’re a**.’ There are people who can dress up and play the part, but their music doesn’t say it.”
Demi’s never shied away from talking about her rough past, and she’s made no secret of that fact that boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama helped her through it.
“The only times we ever broke up were when I was relapsing, whether it was drugs or in a bad place and rebelling against everybody, not just him,” she says. “People say that relapses happen before you use. Your mind starts setting up the relapse before you take that drink or that first hit."
She adds, “I didn’t realize it at the time, but I just wanted to sabotage everything around me so that I could sabotage myself.”
But Wilmer stuck by her. “We started dating when I turned 18,” she says. “Right after that, I went to rehab. People told him, ‘You should probably leave. She’s on a spiral, and you’re going to be sucked down with it.’ But he was like, ‘I’m not leaving. This is somebody I really care about.’ We relate on a lot of levels. I’ve seen a lot of sh**. Sh** people don’t know about. He’s seen a lot of stuff too.”
Plus, he’s not the jealous type. Demi is still close pals with Nick Jonas -- they started a record label together -- and his brother Joe, whom she used to date. “Nick and Wilmer get along great -- Joe and Wilmer too,” she says. “It’s weird. In the beginning, I was like, ‘Why the f*** are you friends with Joe?’ He was like, ‘He’s a cool guy.’ Yeah, I know. I dated him.”
The September issue of Cosmopolitan will be released August 11.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteAs part of the "Fan Request" segment on her current Piece by Piece tour, Kelly ClarksoncoveredSheryl Crow's "If It Makes You Happy" when she performed in Chicago. Now, the two have exchanged gushing compliments on Twitter.
"This is one of my favorite ladies, she's so cool," Kelly said, introducing the song. "She's one of my favorite singers and as a kid I just loved how she was just a white person with soul...not too many white people around with soul, so I really, really dig Sheryl Crow."
On Sunday, after Sheryl saw a video of Kelly's version of her hit, she tweeted, "I love you @kelly_clarkson - you made me cry! Your voice slays me but your heart is what really kills me the most!" On Monday, Kelly replied, "Ultimate compliment from an ultimate hero! Thank you!!! #daymade."
The Piece by Piece tour continues Tuesday in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Jeff Daly/NBCOne Direction recently released a brand new single, "Drag Me Down," but the group isn't letting the news of Louis Tomlinson's impending fatherhood drag them down at all. Louis' band mate Liam Payne told a U.K. radio station that Louis has taken to the idea of being a dad "very well."
Speaking to Magic FM, Liam said, "Well, I was quite obviously a bit shocked [at the news] but you know, he's taken super-well to it and he's excited, you know, he's very excited about what's going on with him at the moment. So I feel like, you know, sometimes stuff happens like that sometimes, and...he’s taking it very seriously, so it's all good."
Liam also said that Louis' ex, Brianna Jungwirth, with whom he's having the baby, is a "lovely girl."
In the same interview, Liam said that he's "dead excited" to hear former band mate Zayn Malik's new music, and says there's no bad blood between them, noting, "That he congratulated us on [our new] single I think covers it." He added, "He’s got a great voice and he’s a very talented young man and we wish him all the best of luck."
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteEd Sheeran's album X (Multiply) is more than a year old, but it's still spinning off hits. Billboard notes that "Photograph," the singer's latest, has just reached the Billboard top 20, making it the fourth single from the record to do so.
In addition to "Photograph," X has also produced the hits "Sing!," "Don't" and "Thinkin' Out Loud." The latter song climbed the highest on the charts, peaking at #2.
Among the other male solo artists who've had that many hits from a single album in the past decade: Justin Bieber; Taylor Swift's boyfriend, producer/deejay Calvin Harris; Jason Derulo and rapper Eminem.
Elsewhere on the chart, Madonna's latest single "B***h I'm Madonna" has toppedBillboard's Dance Club Songs chart. It's her 46th #1 on that chart, and she extends her own record as the artist with the most number ones ever on a single Billboard chart.
The Queen of Pop first broke the record back in May, when she surpassed country star George Strait -- he'd scored 44 number ones, but on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Madonna's first #1 on the Dance Club Songs chart, "Holiday/Lucky Star," reached the top back in 1983.
Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesAndy Grammer is enjoying the biggest hit of his career with "Honey, I'm Good," but he's also enjoying watching his good friend Rachel Platten make her way to the top of the charts with her debut single, "Fight Song." "She's like my little sister," says Andy.
"It’s been really cool," Andy tells ABC Radio about Rachel's success. "I was with her when she was writing that album. I saw her fight for that album and so the fact that everybody’s really, really feeling it is really incredible. Especially with 'Fight Song'-- what an incredible song."
Andy says he also likes the fact that everyone is feeling "Honey, I'm Good" as well. The song is about a guy who turns down the advances of a woman at a bar because he wants to stay faithful to his wife, and he says people really seem to be responding to this somewhat unusual concept for a pop song.
"Overall, the support and the kind of the overall vibe that I’m getting from fans and listeners is like, 'Man, it’s so sweet to turn on the radio and hear a song about staying together,'" he tells ABC Radio. "That doesn’t happen a lot. It’s almost like a rare thing these days, is to have people feeling like they got something to stand behind, to cheer behind. A song like this, that says, like, 'Stay together, it’s ok!'"
Last night, Andy kicked off a brief tour with his pals American Authors, and he says if you've never come out to see him live, you're in for a treat.
"I’m a singer-songwriter but we get loud and we jump around, we have dance moves, we freak out," he laughs. "It’s really fun, man!"
Andy's tour with American Authors wraps up August 14, and then he'll perform a variety of concerts and festivals through September. Rachel Platten's tour with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri wraps up at the end of August, and then she'll appear at some of the same festivals as Andy in September. In February, both Andy and Rachel will perform on Train's annual "Sail Across the Sun" fan cruise.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute; Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesLast month, veteran British actor Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for playing Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, became an unofficial member of Taylor Swift's squad when he tweeted a link of himself reciting the lyrics of her hit "Blank Space" in dramatic fashion during the taping of a radio interview. She was thrilled, and now, the 75-year-old actor says he'll join her on stage one of these days.
Speaking to the press at the Television Critics' Association tour on Friday to promote his new series Blunt Talk, Stewart spoke glowingly of Taylor, saying, "She is a phenomenon, and a wonderful singer and a wonderful entertainer, and songwriter: that's the important thing."
Explaining how he ended up reciting "Blank Space," he said it all started when his good pal, X Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellan, recited the lyrics of "Bad Blood" during another interview. The organizers of Stewart's interview then decided to ask him to do the same thing, and released that part early.
Stewart told reporters, "I was just given these lyrics as a joke exercise. [The interview] hasn't actually aired yet, [it's] still to come out."
When Taylor heard about Stewart and McKellan's antics, she tweeted, "Thanks for reciting my lyrics, @IanMcKellen and @SirPatStew! You've made my day. You two are ULTIMATE Squad Goals."
"She saw it and responded so enthusiastically to it," Stewart told reporters. Asked if he would now appear on stage with Taylor as one of her special in-concert guests, Stewart said, "Oh, I think there's no doubt about it."
He wasn't joking, either: the actor is also a talented singer who'll be performing with the San Francisco Symphony in September. He's also sung at the Hollywood Bowl several times. Stay tuned.