ABC/Lou RoccoBen Affleck scored major dad points this week. The actor reportedly took his two daughters -- Violet, age 9, and Seraphina, age 6 -- to Taylor Swift’s fifth and final concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday night. They even got to meet the singer backstage.
"They all had a great time," a source tells E! News. "This was something they really wanted to do."
The insider adds that "the girls had been begging to go," and Ben “was so excited for them." They were all apparently “ecstatic” to meet Taylor, too.
That night, Ben and his daughters got to witness Taylor bring Lisa Kudrow to the stage to sing a duet of her Friends classic “Smelly Cat.” Taylor also sang with Selena Gomez and Justin Timberlake. The source says the father-daughter night was "made even better by JT's appearance.” If you’ll remember, Ben and Justin co-starred in 2013’s Runner Runner.
In addition to Ben and his girls, other famous faces were spotted in the crowd Wednesday including Reese Witherspoon, Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose and Taylor’s beau Calvin Harris.
Back in June, Ben and wife Jennifer Garner announced plans to divorce after 10 years of marriage. They also have a three-year-old son, Samuel.
Louie Banks/InterscopeThings have been going pretty well for Ellie Goulding. She scored a number-one hit this year with “Love Me Like You Do,” she’s in a solid relationship with bassist Dougie Poysner and she a bona-fide member of Taylor Swift’s squad. But if you think her new album is going to be filled only with happy songs, you’d be mistaken.
"I'm still the emotional wreck I've always been," Ellie tells Billboard. "I get obsessed with the idea that people sabotage things that are already perfect."
She says initially she intended to write songs “about the world,” but her old sensibilities crept back in. "I resigned myself to the fact that I can't help writing love songs," she says. "It's the one thing everyone wants. What else would I write about?"
While the album will retain elements of the Ellie we’ve come to know and love, it’ll also have a brand new sound. She teamed up with producers Max Martin and Greg Kurstin to explore that new direction.
"I call it 'sub-Ibiza,' where it's a kind of rave but it's a euphoric, ethereal kind of thing," Ellie says. "I laugh at myself when I say stuff like that because it's like, 'Really?' But when you hear the album, it makes sense."
The album, Ellie’s third, will be released later this year.
Monty Brinton/CBSLady Gaga’s music might be taking a creepier turn. The singer tells Entertainment Weekly that her experience playing a bloodthirsty hotel owner on American Horror Story: Hotel will influence her new music.
“Yes it will,” she says. “It will inform me from this day forward, everyday more and more.”
But she’s not trying to combine her music and acting careers just yet. Right now her acting gig is getting all of her attention.
“This is my focus right now,” Gaga says. “I don’t view this as a side thing that I’m doing in between other things. Cramming things in just to be everywhere all the time is really not what I like. It’s not what makes me happy. So it was planned out for me to do one project at a time and give my full attention to each so I can enjoy myself.”
She adds, “If I were to saunter in here and not show true value to the work that’s already been done, that would be a massive mistake because these actors have been working for years. They’re extremely talented. I walked in on my first day and I was like, ‘I am going to give all of myself.’”
Gaga says she’s grateful show creator Ryan Murphy took a chance on her.
“Pop culture puts us in our own lanes doesn’t it?” she says. “They say, ‘Oh these are the music people and these are the television people and these are the movie people.’ I believe that Ryan also has an ability to affect pop culture as a whole. But then he’s going to affect the music world now because he’s believing in me as an actress.”
American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX on October 7.
PRNewsFoto/Hilarity for CharityMiley Cyrus is teaming up with Seth Rogen for a charitable cause. The singer will headline Hilarity for Charity’s Fourth Annual Variety Show, an event founded by Seth and his wife Lauren Miller to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease among the millennial generation.
The event -- this year's theme is James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah -- will be held Saturday, October 17 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Miley's scheduled to perform several songs throughout the evening.
This won’t be the first time Miley and Seth have worked together. Seth and his writing partner Evan Goldberg collaborated with Miley for her hosting gig at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, set to air this Sunday. Miley will also appear in Seth’s film, The Night Before, out November 25.
Seth and Lauren, whose mother suffers from Alzheimer’s, established the Hilarity for Charity Fund in 2012 as part of the Alzheimer’s Association. The fund raises money to help families struggling with Alzheimer's care, increase support groups nationwide and fund cutting-edge research.
Syco/Epic RecordsFifth Harmony is already getting us into the Halloween spirit. The ladies explore a haunted hotel in the video for “I’m in Love with a Monster,” their song from the Hotel Transylvania 2 soundtrack.
In between clips from the animated film, the girls dress up in vintage garb and slink through the halls of the creepy, old-fashioned building. As they sing about an unconventional romance, they flirt with some frightening characters along the way.
Fifth Harmony premiered the video on a Sony billboard in New York City’s Times Square Thursday, and it simultaneously debuted on Vevo.
ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore & Ryan Lewis have released the video for their new, moped-loving single, “Downtown.” The visual for the fun-loving tune has a lot going on -- from West Side Story-inspired dancing to 1970s fashions to a celebratory street parade.
The song features rap pioneers Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel. Eric Nally, of the rock band Foxy Shazam, sings the hook.
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and the song's featured artists will perform "Downtown" for the first time at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday.
Hollywood / Island / SafehouseWe’ve got even more details about Demi Lovato’s new album, Confident. The singer revealed the album title, track list and cover art Wednesday -- but now we know its exact release date: October 16.
The album, which features Demi's current single, “Cool for the Summer” and an Iggy Azalea collab called “Kingdom Come,” marks Demi’s first album release through a creative partnership between Hollywood Records, Island Records and Safehouse Records. The latter is a label she created with Nick Jonas and their manager, Phil McIntyre.
Confident also features production from pop powerhouse Max Martin and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.
To celebrate the album’s upcoming release, Demi will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s outdoor stage Monday, August 31. As we already know, the night before, she’ll have debuted the first televised performance of “Cool for the Summer” at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
Starting at midnight, you’ll be able to pre-order Confident and receive an instant download of “Cool for the Summer.” Additional instant grat tracks will be available before the album's released.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIs Ed Sheeran’s lion tattoo real or fake? We can barely keep track. Wednesday, the singer posted an Instagram photo seemingly suggesting that his controversial chest ink was just an elaborate prank. But hours later, he posted anotherphoto revealing his previous post was a lie.
So, yes, Ed really did get a massive lion tattooed on his chest.
The confusion began when Ed posted a photo displaying his tattoo-less bare chest along with the caption, “Was only joking about the lion.”
But that just didn’t seem plausible, being that Ed had passionately defended the tat against critics on Twitter and had even shouted out his tattoo artist.
Sure enough, he was just messing with us. In another photo, he showed that the ink was being covered by makeup. “Only joking, covered it up for a TV show didn't I,” he writes.
Ed’s currently filming his role in the new FX drama, The Bastard Executioner.
Johannes HeljeTove Lo's hit "Talking Body" finds her singing about someone who has "a perfect one." But what does she think of the bodies of her fellow female pop stars? She refuses to judge them.
While speaking to the Windy City Times, Tove was asked who has a better body: Taylor Swift or Katy Perry? Of course, the two women are -- allegedly -- mortal enemies, so Tove wisely replied, "Oh, I'm not going to go there."
Then when asked to compare Nicki Minaj's body to Kim Kardashian's, Tove was very diplomatic.
"These are the royalties of bodies. Any woman that is comfortable in her body is rocking her body. That is what I am all about," she says. "I think Taylor Swift is beautiful, tall, and skinny. Katy Perry is beautiful too, with her amazing curves. I love Nikki's excellent [butt] and Kim's curves. They all have different bodies, and are beautiful in their own way."
PRNewsFoto/Global CitizenNot only are Ed Sheeran and Coldplay both performing at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival this year, they’re creating the merch too. Ed and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have designed T-shirts for the annual festival, which will be available September 3 in H&M retailers nationwide.
"I'm really excited to be a part of this exclusive line with H&M and Global Citizen to unite global citizens and get us a step closer to ending extreme poverty!" Ed says in a statement.
Ed’s T-shirt design is black with geometric shapes and red lettering, while Chris’ shirt is black with white designs. The shirts will run for $9.95 and 25-percent of sales will be donated to Global Citizen.
H&M is also inviting you to donate gently used clothes to earn points towards winning tickets to the festival. Donations at H&M locations will be open through September 17.
Admission to the Global Citizen Festival is free, although to score a ticket, you have to accumulate points by taking action to benefit the world's poor. You can then use those points to enter to win tickets. For ways to take action, visit GlobalCitizen.org.
The 2015 Global Citizen Festival will be held September 26 in New York City's Central Park. Chris Martin helped curate the festival’s lineup, which also includes Beyonce and Pearl Jam.
Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TASEven if you’re not a Friends fan, you’ve probably heard the song “Smelly Cat,” which actress Lisa Kudrow’s character, Phoebe Buffay, wrote and performed on the show. Taylor Swiftis a Friends fan, and also a well-known cat lover -- which made it perfect for Kudrow to join Taylor onstage Wednesday night to perform a duet of “Smelly Cat” during Taylor’s final show at the STAPLES center in Los Angeles.
Taylor milked the moment during the introduction, saying “This singer, she’s only performed in coffeehouses before,” a reference to the Friends hangout, Central Perk, where Phoebe performed.
As you can imagine, the crowd loved it when Kudrow came out and duetted with Taylor, especially when Lisa/Phoebe stopped Taylor in mid-song to offer “pointers” on her performance.
“So @ taylorswift13 is THE best person I've ever met,” Kudrow tweeted after the show. “That was fun. Thanks Taylor.”
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteDemiLovato fans can feel confident that a new album is coming in two months.
The singer enlisted the help of celebrity pals on Wednesday to tweet the titles of songs from her new album, which is titled Confident and is due in October. Her boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, plus Nick Jonas, Iggy Azalea, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and others took part.
Iggy is featured on one of the tracks, “Kingdom Come."
RCA RecordsMileyCyrus dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday to plug her upcoming gig as host of MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday. She also participated in a sketch called "I Witness News," in which she was disguised as an Australian television reporter named Janet who wanted to find out what people thought of the performer.
All but one of the people "Janet" spoke to failed recognize the controversial pop star, who donned a skirt and blazer, along with a wig and eyeglasses. The gentlemen who did spot her was treated to a quick peek under her costume.
Here's a sample of some of the comments:
- When told about the upcoming VMAs telecast and that Miley was hosting, a man named Carl replied, "That's cool, I guess, if you like her." When Cyrus asked if he liked her, Carl answered, "No, she's not one of my favorites," specifically, "Her style and her dad...I just don't like her whole family."
- "I like Taylor Swift better," declared another passerby.
- "I think she lost her mind in the Hollywood madness," noted a woman.
During her interview with Kimmel, the 22-year-old "Wrecking Ball" singer said she was psyched about hosting the VMAs, noting, "I think I have little butterflies 'cause I'm excited and every day leading up to it has kind of been the best day ever."
"Usually getting ready for those kind of shows isn't as much fun," Miley continued, "but MTV has just been so awesome and they've pretty much let me do whatever I want, which is pretty crazy."
Cyrus, dressed in a skirt and matching cape covered with colored glass pieces -- and only heart-shaped pasties underneath -- also hinted at what she may, or may not. wear on the show. "I'm gonna say they make pasties for other parts also, so I can always just do that."
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards air Sunday night at 9 pm Eastern time on MTV.
RCA RecordsR. City's hit "Locked Away," featuring Adam Levine, has been racing up the chart since its release. But the catchy island-flavored tune isn't just about imagining what would happen to your relationship if you were sent to prison: it's a real-life story about the parents of Timothy and Theron Thomas, the brothers who make up R. City.
The brothers grew up on the island of St. Thomas, but for them, it was far from a paradise: they were poor, living in a rough neighborhood, and for them, the struggle was real.
"Just coming from St. Thomas, being from one of the worst places in the area, our music has always represented those struggles," Theron tells ABC Radio. "Even to talk about the song 'Locked Away,' it’s about our dad being locked away for five years, [and] my mom being with him, my parents being together for 36 years. And...she used to take us to prison to visit him."
In writing the song, the brothers were inspired by how their mom stood by their dad and supported him during his incarceration, and how they're still together today. "Just that love and that kind of strength, to us, we just felt it was dope," adds Theron. "We had a cool melody and we made it into a song."
The single features the lyrics, "If I got locked away/and we lost it all today/tell me honestly/ would you still love me the same?/If I showed you my flaws/If I couldn't be strong/Tell me honestly, would you still love me the same?"
So what does the brothers' father think of the hit song that he inspired?
"He loves it," says Timothy. "What’s crazy is when he first heard it, he didn’t know that we wrote it based on that. And then once we told him, he was like, 'Wow, it’s really cool how y’all could, like, put real-life stories, things that really happened, into a song.'"
“Locked Away” is featured on R. City's debut album, What Dreams Are Made Of, which will be released October 9. If you pre-order the album, you’ll receive instant downloads of "Locked Away" and two new songs: “Checking for You” and “Take You Down.”
Ben WattsJust days after he releases his new single, "What Do You Mean," Justin Bieber will perform the song at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Justin's performance at Sunday's extravaganza will be his first at the VMAs since 2010, when he did a medley of “Baby,” “Somebody to Love” and “U Smile."
"What Do You Mean" will debut on Friday.
The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots have also been announced as performers for the 2015 MTV VMAs, which will be hosted by Miley Cyrus. It will air Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.
ABC/Fred LeeSince he announced he was running for president, Donald Trump has made public comments that have been deemed insulting to Latinos. Following Trump's public argument with Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos on Tuesday at an Iowa press event -- which led to Trump having Ramos ejected from the room -- Ricky Martin has written an op-ed for Univision taking the billionaire to task for his behavior.
According to an English translation of the op-ed published by Billboard, Martin writes, "The fact that an individual like Donald Trump, a candidate for the presidency of the United States for the Republican party, has the audacity to continue to gratuitously harass the Latin community makes my blood boil. When did this character assume he could make comments that are racist, absurd, and above all incoherent and ignorant about us Latinos?"
Ricky went on to write, in part, "[The] episode against journalist Jorge Ramos, one of the most beloved and respected Latinos in world media, has gotten to the point of enough is enough...This action from Trump doesn’t surprise me, what does surprise me is that as Hispanics we continue to accept the aggressions and accusations of people like him who attack our dignity."
He continues, "We have to defeat the power that Trump pretends to have over Latinos..which his campaign team is convinced works for him. Let’s show that our Latin race is to be respected, let’s not allow a political hopeful to plant his campaign in insult and humiliation...Xenophobia as a political strategy is the lowest you can go in search of political power."
Ricky ends by noting, "This is an issue that unites us and we need to battle it together, not just for us but for the evolution of humanity and those to come.”
At press time, Trump had yet to respond to Ricky's comments.
Schoolboy Records/InterscopeCarly Rae Jepsen’s ‘80s-inspired new album, Emotion, has drawn comparisons to another album influenced by the decade: Taylor Swift’s 1989. But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Carly says she’s not trying to compete.
“I don’t really feel the need to compare,” she says. “I think that Taylor's fantastic and I think she made a really fantastic record, but they're different types of music and I think there's room for it all.”
And Taylor’s bestie Lorde seems to agree. She recently tweeted her love for Carly’s new single, “Run Away with Me.” Carly co-wrote the song, which is about “trying to escape for the weekend with your lover.” She says it contains her favorite lyric on the album: “I’ll be your sinner in secret.”
Carly also wrote two songs with Sia, whom she describes as a “genius.” She admits she’s been a Sia fan for years.
“I was a bartender back in the day in Vancouver and she played at the media club where I was working and I actually asked my manager if I could stay late to work that night,” she says. “And fast forward three or four years later and I get to write with her in a room.”
Together they penned "Making the Most of the Night" and "Boy Problems."
Ben Watts Prepare to see a different side of Ed Sheeran. The singer tells Entertainment Weekly that his character in the new FX show The Bastard Executioner is a complete change of pace for him.
“I find that I have reputation of being a smiley approachable guy, so I wanted the opposite,” he says. “I said to [show creator] Kurt [Sutter], make sure that I’m not typecast at all. Write me as a complete d******* in it. I feel like I need that.”
Ed, who’s been filming in between stops on his world tour, is playing the "deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder” on the 14th century drama. He warns that the guest starring role probably isn’t for his younger fanbase -- or grandmas.
“Oh, no no,” Ed says. “My grandmother, the other day -- she’s 91 and Irish and really sweet -- was like, ‘Ah, I’d love to watch it.’ And I said, ‘I don’t think you’re going to want to watch this, grams.’”
But he’s okay with shocking people. “It’s nice to step out every now and then to challenge yourself,” he says. “It doesn’t necessarily mean everyone who likes me for my music is going to like this. It means that I’m doing something different and interesting, rather than doing some rom-com, which is what I think people would expect me to do.”
While he’s stepped outside of his comfort zone for the role, there was one thing he wasn’t prepared to do: cut his signature ginger locks.
“When I walked into makeup they were like, we are going to have to cut your fringe and give you a bowl haircut, and I was like, ‘Ah that’s not happening,’” Ed says.
So they gave him a hat, instead. “This hat is a sign of faith,” he says. “With these hats, you instantly know I’m someone who is in a religious sect.”
Brian Bowen Smith/NBCChristina Aguilera’s daughter, Summer Rain, celebrated her first birthday in style over the weekend, thanks to some expert party-planning by her parents.
People magazine reports Christina and her fiancé, Matthew Rutler, hosted the carnival-themed backyard bash for their baby girl in Los Angeles Saturday, complete with Minnie Mouse, a balloon maker, a bubble station, and lots and lots of pink.
The magazine also has exclusive photos of the soiree. In one pic, Christina holds a smiling Summer in front of a tiny pink birthday cake as Matthew looks on. In another, Summer wears an adorable tutu as she holds a bunch of balloons.
Summer’s actual birthday was on August 16. On that day, Christina posted a snap of her daughter on Instagram and wrote, “Happy 1st birthday! My sweet, Summer Rain.”
Christopher Polk/NBCGetting your wisdom teeth removed isn’t so bad when you have Adam Levine to comfort you. The Maroon 5 frontman has been helping wife Behati Prinsloo as she recovers from oral surgery this week.
Following Monday’s dental work, Behati posted a video on Instagram of the two lying in bed together. Adam makes a funny face as Behati cuddles a teddy bear.
“My nurse is the perfect combination of sexy and cute,” the model captions the video. Behati later posted a picture of herself looking rather miserable, with a swollen face and her head wrapped in a scarf. “On point,” she writes of her look.