Image Courtesy Lady Gaga via TwitterShe wouldn't be able to sing with her mouth all swollen, so that's why Lady Gaga has decided to get her wisdom teeth removed before her tour launches next month.
"Wisdom teeth out," the singer tweeted, adding, in a parody of her song "Poker Face," "P-p-Percocet p-p-Percocet." Percocet is a powerful painkiller.
She then posted a selfie showing herself in bed, looking sad and clutching a stuffed animal. "Chipmunk Cheeks," she wrote. "Wisdom Teeth out before tour. I can't eat. I'm gonna put some meatballs in a blender."
Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball kicks off May 4 in Sunrise, Florida.
Eliza Grossman for FASHION MagazineLorde has been outspoken in the past about the way that images of her are sometimes Photoshopped without her consent. But her latest accusation, against the Canadian magazine FASHION, has no merit, according to the editor-in-chief of the publication.
A few days ago, Lorde tweeted, "apart from the fact that i'm pretty sure this magazine gave me a new nose (:|), i really like this photo." She included a photo from her recent spread for FASHION, showing her looking beautiful in a motorcycle jacket and floor-length leather skirt.
But in a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Bernadette Morra, the editor-in-chief of the publication, said, "I can assure you, FASHION Magazine did not give Lorde a new nose. Sometimes lighting or camera angles can give the impression that things look smaller, larger or different than they really are.”
Lorde appears on the cover of the May issue of FASHION.
Last month, Lorde tweeted a photo of herself on stage, and another image of the same performance, showing how her acne had been Photoshopped out. "i find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-)," she wrote.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTVEver since Justin Timberlake managed to reunite 'N SYNC for the MTV Video Music Awards last year, fans have been hoping that he, Joey, Lance, Chris and JC will do it again. But according to Joey Fatone, it ain't happening. At least, not any time soon.
Recalling the circumstances under which the reunion happened last year -- Justin called the rest of the group just two-and-a-half weeks before the awards show -- Joey told the Huffington Post Live, "I don't know whether or not something will ever happen again, but you always say 'never say never,' 'cause that happened. That was never gonna happen, and all of a sudden it did happen."
"So at this moment in time, is it gonna happen?" Joey said of another reunion. "Absolutely 100% no, at this moment."
Joey also said that he's not really in favor of groups who claim they'll never tour again going back on their word.
"All these other groups and bands have said, 'We will never tour again,' and you see, like, New Kids on the Block touring," he noted. When asked if he felt 'N SYNC is being "shown up" by the large-scale tours that NKOTB and Backstreet Boys have done recently, Joey cracked, "No. I feel like they just need the money. No, offense guys."
Joey did allow that if a group has a new album to promote, he's fine with them going back on the road. But therein lies the challenge.
"We've been gone for over 10 years, what can we really do?" he asked. "How can we step it up? Are we gonna put a new album out?" He also noted that everyone has their own lives: he, Justin and Chris Kirkpatrick are married, and Lance Bass is getting married. Referring to JC Chasez, who is single, he then turned to the camera and joked, "JC, buddy, what's goin' on, bro?"
Image Courtesy Ariana Grande via TwitterAfter hinting at it on Twitter, Ariana Grande has now confirmed that her new single, "Problem," will feature Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. And Iggy warns fans to expect something special.
"Well, I'm extremely happy to be a part of @ArianaGrande's new record," Iggy tweeted. "And I'm warning you now... She may be small but the record is huge."
"Problem" will be out on April 27. Ariana, who's recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction, said her fans' excitement over the news is helping her feel better. She tweeted, "had a rough afternoon getting my stitches out and my jaw is starting to hurt a little but your energy is making me forget all bout iiiiiiit."
Columbia RecordsInstead of having to choose which member of One Direction you like best, wouldn't it be great if all five guys could be rolled up into one super-dreamy individual? Well, that's what happens in the group's new video for the single "You & I."
The clip starts with Niall Horan coming out of a building on an amusement pier by the British seaside, wearing a grey sweater and black slacks. As he starts singing and walking down the boardwalk, he looks down, and when he looks up, he's morphed into Liam Payne, wearing the same thing. After Liam sings for a bit, he holds up his hand, and passes it in front of his face: boom! He's Harry Styles. After Harry does his part, he turns around, and when he turns to face the camera again, and he's changed into Zayn Malik. Then Zayn morphs into Louis Tomlinson, who morphs into Harry again.
After a huge closeup on Harry's eyes, the camera pulls back to show all five guys walking down the boardwalk singing, surrounded by multiple copies of themselves, all "frozen" in action. As they continue their walk, the frozen images appear and reappear, and each guy "jumps" into his frozen image and reanimates it. They also blow up balloons and let them go, and kick plastic balls, all of which appear to hang in the air, frozen, until the real items take their place. The clip ends with all five guys together singing, still walking down the same boardwalk.
"You & I" is the latest single from the band's album Midnight Memories.
ABC NewsWhile fun. frontman Nate Ruess is recording duets with Pink, and guitarist Jack Antonoff is promoting his side project, Bleachers, and co-writing songs with the likes of Taylor Swift, the group's multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost, has also been keeping busy.
Billboard reports that Dost is getting into film and TV scoring, starting with composing the music for MTV's new seriesFaking It. Dost says that doing this sort of work is "my career goal" and "my biggest ambition." The show, which premieres April 22, is a romantic comedy set in a high school in Austin, Texas, and focuses on two girls whose popularity goes through the roof when a rumor starts that they're gay. It isn't true, but the two decide to continue the charade because of their new social status.
On top of that show, Dost is also scoring a movie called Me Him Her, which stars Scott Bakula and Haley Joel Osment.
ABC/Adam TaylorThe first installment of this year's Coachella festival took place last weekend, and this Friday, Saturday and Sunday brings the second installment, with many of the same acts returning, among them Lorde, PharrellWilliams, Ellie Goulding, Outkast, Aloe Blacc and Bastille. Those last two acts are performing tonight, and they both agree that playing festivals means changing your live show to capture as many new fans as possible.
"Festivals are a really great experience," Aloe tells ABC News Radio, but notes, "It's a challenge for me because there are multiple stages, and what I'd like to do is try to steal as many fans to come to my stage as possible!"
So how does he do that? "I keep my show really high energy," the "Wake Me Up" singer explains. "I try to make sure that the audience is singing and doing a lot of call and response, and I give 'em a chance to dance in the middle as well."
Bastille's drummer, Chris "Woody" Wood, tells ABC News Radio that it's important to have the right set list for your festival performance, with the main rule being "stick to the hits."
"I think it would be a very brave band who would play too many album tracks," he tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, if you play your own headline show, people'll have bought tickets and they probably have the album, and kind of know all your kind of back catalog. But at festivals you are often playing to people who are maybe a bit interested, so you've always got to try to convert them into fans."
On top of that, Woody adds, "We obviously try to give them as kind of energetic a show as possible."
Following Bastille's performance at Coachella, they'll continue their U.S. tour, which runs through June and includes stops at several additional festivals. Aloe, meanwhile, has a few individual shows coming up, but he's also gearing up for his opening slot on the next leg of Bruno Mars' Moonlight Jungle tour next month.
Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol said goodbye to Dexter Roberts on Thursday night. The 22-year-old country musician from Fayette, Alabama, was eliminated after falling into the bottom two with Jessica Meuse.
For his swan song, Dexter took on Montgomery Gentry's "Lucky Man," which he previously performed last month, when the top 12 tackled songs that reminded them of home.
On Wednesday night's "competitors' picks" performance show, Dexter covered Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water."
The half-hour results show began with a cameo from Kevin Bacon, who stars in the Fox drama The Following.
The top six will return to the American Idol stage next Wednesday night on Fox.
Macklemore LLCGrammy-winning rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have filled concert venues around the world, but next month, you'll be able to see them perform in a mall parking lot for free.
No, the duo hasn't fallen on hard times: they're teaming with Microsoft for a special promotional appearance. Access Atlanta reports that the software giant is opening a new store in the upscale Perimeter Mall, located north of Atlanta, Georgia, and it's enlisted Macklemore & Lewis to perform at the grand opening next month.
The free show will take place in the parking lot of the mall at 8:30 p.m. on May 31. Fans do need tickets to attend, but you can get them for free by attending the store's opening that morning. According to Access Atlanta, Microsoft has often tapped the duo to perform at its events, since both are based in Seattle.
Kelly Clarkson is another artist who frequently performs at Microsoft store openings. In fact, she has one scheduled for October 25 in Buffalo, NY.
John Legend is teaming up with Step Up 5 writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.
Deadline reports their upcoming project will serve as a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation." Legend will serve as an executive producer while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.
The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCJohn Legend is teaming up with Step Up: All In writer John Swetnam to create a new coming-of-age dance flick, titled Breaking Through.
Deadline reports their upcoming project will mix two movie subgenres -- dance movies and found footage -- to create a "documentary-style drama for the YouTube generation." John will serve as an executive producer, while Swetman will make his feature directorial debut.
The independent film will begin casting and filming this summer.
Major Caldwell/Warner Bros. RecordsJason Derulo's new album Talk Dirty includes plenty of upbeat tunes, but there also are tender moments, like "Vertigo," a romantic duet with his girlfriend Jordin Sparks. Now, you can watch the two lovebirds perform the song live.
A new video posted on Jason's YouTube channel shows the two performing the song live for the first time, for a Walmart Soundcheck performance. There are no flashy special effects or costumes: the two simply sing the tune, which is basically about getting busy, while staring into each other's eyes.
"Ladies come and go but you got something different/Had me so addicted from the start," Jason sings to Jordin. "And I'd never known all this loving I was missing/'Til I worked my way into your heart/You give me vertigo."
Jordin responds, "The way that you please me sets this room on fire/I'm burning with desire in this bed/So if I'm dreaming please don't wake me up/If all of this is happening in my head/Waited for so long/But what you got is different/Had me so addicted from the start."
Jason told OK! magazine, "With 'Vertigo,' Jordin and I recorded about six songs, because I wanted to make sure I had the right song for the album. When I wrote 'Vertigo,' I knew it was it. It’s just us and the piano so the emotion really comes to life."
Image Courtesy Miley Cyrus via TwitterMiley Cyrus, still hospitalized due to her severe allergic reaction to an antibiotic, has been forced to postpone two concerts: one in Kansas City, MO, and one in Nashville, TN.
The April 18 show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena has been rescheduled to August 7. A note on the venue's website says, "Miley continues to be hospitalized due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. All tickets for the show will be honored on the new date."
Meanwhile, Miley is furiously tweeting her displeasure at the rumors that have been flying regarding her hospitalization; one story even suggested she might be pregnant, while others suggest she more ill that she actually is. "So many ignorant stories out there no one is reading the official statement and these dumb *sses are scaring my fans," she wrote, and posted the official statement regarding her condition.
"Shut the f**K up & let me heal," she added. "Stop scaring my family, friends, & fans."
Earlier on Thursday, Miley had written, "can't quit crying. i wanna go back on tour. im meant to be onstage performing for y'all.... not laying in a hospital bed."
John Paul Filo/CBSEach year, Time magazine compiles the "Time 100," a list of the most influential people in the world. While that list is chosen by Time's editors, readers are allowed to vote for stars of music, TV and film who they believe have changed the world in the past year. Voting's open now, and among those up for the honor are Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Lorde.
Time is offering readers the chance to choose among 18 of the world's most popular stars and one top songwriting duo: the husband and wife team who wrote the songs for the movie Frozen. The candidates have been selected for their musical success, their ability to command the headlines, their philanthropy and their social media prowess -- except Beyonce. She's included on the list because, as Time notes, "She's Beyonce. 'Nuff said."
Here are the candidates:
Taylor Swift Katy Perry Lady Gaga Bruno Mars Lorde Shakira Pharrell Williams Rihanna Carrie Underwood Beyonce Jay Z Justin Bieber Miley Cyrus Drake One Direction's Harry Styles Rapper Kendrick Lamar Grammy-winning French robot duo Daft Punk Frozen composers Robert & Kristin Lopez
Voting at Time.com closes at midnight on April 22, and the readers' poll winners will be announced on April 23. The official "Time 100" list will be released April 24.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCIt's hard to imagine a member of LMFAO doing anything on the dance floor except shufflin', but the duo's Redfoo will be sitting at the judges' table Monday night on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
Monday night's theme is Party Anthems Night, so the man behind the smash hit "Party Rock Anthem" is an appropriate choice to guest judge the show. In addition, Redfoo actually has experience as a reality show judge, having served in that capacity on the Australian version of The X Factor.
While LMFAO hasn't broken up, Redfoo and his nephew and band mate Sky Blu have been focusing on individual projects since they announced they were going on hiatus in September of 2012.
Monty Brinton/CBSLorde has continued her winning ways by scooping a prestigious music award in her home country of New Zealand -- but she's decided to give away all the prize money.
According to the New Zealand Herald, Lorde's album Pure Heroine won this year's Taite Music Prize, which is given to a local album which is judged by a panel to be the best release of the past year. The winner is entitled to 10 thousand New Zealand dollars, as well as studio time, and Lorde has generously decided to donate the prize money to the other nominees.
In an acceptance speech via video from Las Vegas, Lorde said, "I think everyone is kind of sick of me winning stuff at the moment and I think there are people who are more in need of the funds and the exposure than I am right now. So if you will accept it, the prize money and the studio time have been split between this year's nominees...if you don't want it, that's cool too."
The Herald reports that the rest of the finalists, made up of artists largely unknown outside of New Zealand, seem to be OK with Lorde's generosity, tweeting their thanks. If each artist agrees, everyone will receive a bit more than $1,666, and they'll have to divide up the studio time.
Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol's top seven took the stage Wednesday night to sing "competitors' picks." Each singer performed a tune he or she selected from a pool of suggestions made by the other contestants.
It was the first time in American Idol history that this theme was used for a performance show.
Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique all of the contestants. In addition, former X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who recently wrapped up her U.S. tour, dropped by to say hi and offer some comments on the duets. She played coy when Ryan Seacrest asked her if she'll announce more U.S. dates in the near future.
Here's what happened on the two-hour show:
Caleb Johnson went along with a suggestion from Alex Preston: "Family Tree," by Kings Of Leon. Keith called him a "consistent and dynamic performer." J-Lo said he was pretty amazing, adding that Caleb would be a tough act to follow for the other contestants. Harry liked the way he changed the melody, saying that it would fit right in on a Caleb Johnson album.
Jessica Meuse tackled Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder & Lead," which was Sam Woolf's idea. J-Lo said for the first time this season Jessica was a little off with her vocals. Harry suggested that Jessica listen to rhythmic music in her hotel and dance along to it in front of a mirror, so she can learn how to stay in sync with pyrotechnics and other potential stage distractions. Keith told Jessica that she needs to better channel the emotions of the lyrics she sings.
Once again, the contestants paired up for duets. Sam and Alex performed the first duet of the night, a cover of Passenger's "Let Her Go." Harry thought it was "saccharine" and just OK. Ryan asked Demi what she thought; she agreed with Harry, though she noted it had good energy.
C.J. Harris played John Mayer's "Gravity," as suggested by Caleb. Keith enjoyed it, but would have liked to have heard more of an "arc." Jennifer asked him to look for the moments that will lift the crowd. Harry said C.J. has the ability to connect with the crowd, and that he delivered his best performance to date.
Dexter Roberts performed Luke Bryan's "Muckalee Creek Water," suggested by C.J. Jennifer said he did a good job, but she reiterated that the contestants need to be spectacular from this point forward in the competition. Harry said Dexter's vocals on the song weren't that different from the original.
Caleb and Jena Irene teamed up for a duet of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Demi thought they both nailed it.
Alex took on Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," which was Dexter's idea. J-Lo said it was the perfect song choice. Keith said Alex responds to the music in such a way that he turns it into his own.
Jessica picked David Gray's "Sail Away" for Sam. Harry called him a "work in progress," but in a good way. He thought the song fit Sam well. Keith noticed that Sam is getting more comfortable onstage. Jennifer said she could feel Sam trying to connect with the song.
Jessica, C.J. and Dexter joined forces on Lady Antebellum's "Compass." Harry didn't mince words: he said it wasn't very good. Demi thought they were much better when they sang individually.
Jena ended the night with a Caleb choice: Radiohead's first hit, "Creep." Keith loved the way she owned the song. Jennifer said it was beautiful. Harry said Jessica sings with humility and intrigue, and that it was the best performance of the night.
One of these finalists will be eliminated on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Eric McCandless/CBSLooks like the fans are enjoying Ed Sheeran's new sound: his new single "Sing" has already become his biggest U.S. chart hit.
Billboardreports that "Sing" has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #15. That already tops the British star's previous high mark of #16, which is where "The A Team" peaked back in January of 2013. "Sing" also sold an impressive 123,000 copies in its first week on sale.
The Pharrell Williams-produced "Sing" is the first single from Ed's sophomore album x, pronounced "multiply," which is due out in June. He shot the video for the track this week.
In other Ed Sheeran news, he opens up to Billboard.com about the thought process behind his riskiest career move to date: booking three concerts at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.
"People were very doubtful I could sell out one Madison Square Garden [date]," he tells Billboard. "But my reasoning for doing it is, I didn't want to finish my American success being an opening act. So, I thought, 'Now I've done the Taylor [Swift] tour, I'll probably be able to move up.'"
Ed says he got push back from his record label, who thought he was rushing things too much, but he proved them wrong when all three dates sold out: an accomplishment he's commemorated by getting three boxing gloves tattooed on his arm.
"I remember the label just being, like, 'Why are you doing that? You can't, don't do that. Wait,'" he recalls. "And now, whenever I visit radio stations or press or anyone in America, it's just like, 'Aw, yeah, you did the three MSGs,' rather than, 'Oh, you sold quite a few records over a very long period of time,' you know? So, it's good. It proved a point."
Ed also talks with Billboard.com about his musical influences, some of which might surprise you. He names classic rock guitar god Eric Clapton as the man who inspired him to start playing guitar, but Eminem as the artist who's most inspired him lyrically.
"I don't think anyone has educated me as much as his first two albums have over the years of just how to put words together," he explains. Among his other influences: Singer/songwriter Damien Rice, and music legends the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Elton John.
Fueled by RamenThe members of the band fun. will be honored next Wednesday, April 23, with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award at the performing-rights organization's 31st annual Pop Music Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
ASCAP says the award “recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music.” Previous Vanguard Award honorees include The All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys and Beck.
As previously reported, Tom Petty will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award at event. The prestigious honor recognizes artists whose work has influenced and enriched their fellow musicians. Previous Founders Award honorees include Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, and Neil Young.
The ASCAP Pop Music Awards is an invitation-only event that will take place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. The gala recognizes the songwriters and publishers whose works were the most-played on radio and TV during 2013.
ABC/Richard HarbaughMiley Cyrus was forced to cancel a couple of concert dates in Missouri this week due to a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. Her camp has since shed more light on what exactly is bothering her.
A rep for Miley says in a statement the singer obtained a prescription for an antibiotic known as cephalexin to treat a sinus infection that was diagnosed last week. She subsequently suffered an allergic reaction to the drug. Cephalexin is also sold under the brand name Keflex.
The rep says such a reaction can last from five to 27 days. The statement adds, "She will remain hospitalized and is under a doctor's care until we see some improvement in her condition and is asking for your compassion and privacy at this time."
Miley was hospitalized in Kansas City on Tuesday. So far, she's cancelled dates in Kansas City and in St. Louis.
The allergic reaction occurred one week after Miley cancelled a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to a bout with the flu.