John Paul Filo/CBSBruno Mars has been making quite a few real estate moves over the past year. The Los Angeles Times reports that Bruno has sold a house on the border of Studio City and Hollywood Hills West for $3.3 million. The three bedroom, three bathroom Hollywood Regency-style home was purchased in an off-market deal.
The house features retractable walls of glass that allow for sprawling city and mountain views. The single-story open floor plan also contains living and family rooms and a powder room. The master bathroom features heated flooring, a sauna, a two-person steam shower and a massage and gym area.
Bruno bought the property in 2012 for $3.254 million. Late last year, he upgraded to a two-acre estate in Studio City for $6.5 million and earlier this year, he sold his home in Hawaii for $2.7 million.
Image Group LA/ABC; Jeff Daly/NBCLooks like Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have officially gone public. Photographers caught them exiting popular Los Angeles restaurant The Nice Guy hand-in-hand last night, and E! News has the pics. The two even wore coordinating outfits -- grey jeans and black tops.
It appears The Nice Guy is becoming a go-to date spot for the budding couple. They were spotted leaving the Italian eatery last week, too. Sources told E! News the two were packing on the PDA while enjoying dinner together Wednesday.
"Gigi and Zayn couldn't keep their hands off each other," the source said. "They were holding hands under the table, whispering in each others' ears, and Zayn [was] holding Gigi's leg. Gigi was so attached to him that she even followed Zayn outside to the patio during a smoke break."
The model and the former One Direction member first sparked rumors of their relationship when they left a party together after the American Music Awards. Both have yet to confirm they're dating.
Gigi broke up with Joe Jonas less than a month ago, and Zayn ended his engagement with Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards in August. It seems Joe isn't taking the Gigi/Zayn romance too well. He reportedly unfollowed both of them on Twitter, and deleted a photo of him with Zayn and Kanye West at a fashion show which he had posted in the spring.
Amid all of this, Gigi simply tweeted a photo that says "CHILL" and accompanied it with a smiley face.
Trae Patton/NBCBefore her new album This Is Acting comes out in January, Sia has released another new track for us to enjoy. The song is called “One Million Bullets,” and it starts off in subdued tones before building to a resounding chorus.
"One million bullets could come my way/But I want you to know that/I'd take a million, babe/How many would you take," Sia sings.
If you pre-order This Is Acting now, you’ll received her current single “Alive,” “Bird Set Free” and “One Million Bullets” as instant grat tracks. The full album comes out January 29.
You also can catch Sia performing “Alive” on The Voice and The Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow, December 1.
ABC/Fred Lee; Dana Edelson/NBCU.K.’s The Guardian has released its annual ranking of the most powerful people in media, and it should come as no surprise that Taylor Swift and Adele both made the list. In fact, they’re the only pop stars who made the top 100 this year.
Taylor comes in at number eight on the MediaGuardian 100, making her the highest ranking woman on the list. The publication cites her success in getting Apple to reverse its policy on artist compensation as one of the reasons she made the top ten. As one of The Guardian’s judges put it, she “singlehandedly got Apple to take notice when they totally ignored major corporations.”
Adele, meanwhile, made it onto the list for the first time ever -- ranking number 48. Her inclusion seems like a no-brainer, given that her third album, 25, just smashed first-week album sales records by selling a whopping 3.48 million copies in the U.S. It’s also the U.K.’s biggest-selling album of the millennium so far. She accomplished this with barely any social media presence at all. The Guardian writes that she’s only posted on Instagram 18 times, and rarely tweets despite having 23.8 million Twitter followers.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg takes the number one spot on the list, followed by Google co-founder Larry Page and Apple chief executive Tim Cook. Also making the list this year are comedian Amy Schumer, Caitlyn Jenner, Simon Cowell and TV producer Shonda Rhimes.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCEarlier this year, Ed Sheeran recorded a song called "Make It Rain" for the Sons of AnarchyVol. 4 soundtrack. That song was originally written and recorded by Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance, and now Ed has signed Foy to his record label, Gingerbread Man.
Ed announced the news in a tweet, writing, "I've signed my second act to my label. One of my all time favourite artists and inspirations." Foy and Ed have been working together since 2011, but Ed was a fan of his before they even met. Since then, they've toured together, and Foy also co-wrote the songs "Tenerife Sea" and "Afire Love" on Ed's album X.
A statement on Foy's website reads, "Foy is ecstatic to announce his signing to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man/Atlantic Records label. Recording for his Gingerbread Man debut is underway at the legendary Blackbird Studios [in Nashville, Tennessee] with Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King [who's worked with Norah Jones, James Bay, Kings of Leon and more] and will be due out Spring, 2016."
In a statement, Ed says, "Foy’s always been an artist I’ve admired since meeting him in 2006. We've become touring buddies over the past few years and he's actually out in Australia with me at the moment on the final leg of my X tour. His vocals are going to blow you away and I can't wait for you all to hear the record."
Ed's first signing, Jamie Lawson, scored an international hit with "I Wasn't Expecting That." His debut album entered the U.K. chart at #1.
ABC/Heidi Gutman During an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America today, Pink revealed her newest role. The singer announced she’s been named an ambassador to the United Nations Children’s Fund -- UNICEF.
"I’ve always wanted to work with UNICEF," she said on GMA. "It’s the one organization that has over the last 15 years just consistently been in my mind for all the amazing things that they do and timing is everything and it worked out."
Pink, a mother to four-year-old Willow with husband Carey Hart, traveled to Haiti with UNICEF this summer, where she witnessed child malnourishment firsthand.
"When you have a child of your own and you try to imagine looking at them and not being able to feed them it does something to you," she said.
Pink also spoke about her work as the spokesperson for UNICEF’s Kid Power, which provides health and nutrition programs around the world. The project involves giving children fitness bands and encouraging them to stay active. The more active they are, they more points they rack up. Those points then unlock funds to send food to severely malnourished children around the world.
"One in four kids in America are inactive and one in four kids globally are malnourished and UNICEF has brilliantly come up with how to connect the two," Pink said. "You unlock therapeutic food packets, which I’ve seen with my own eyes bring children back to life."
The fitness bands are available now at Target for $39.99.
Image Group LA/ABCDemi Lovato's latest hit "Confident" is, on the surface, a sexy tune about a woman getting what she wants in bed. But it turns out that a key phrase in the song -- "you had me underrated" -- is how Demi actually felt in real life about herself and her career. She says her current album, also called Confident, is her bid to change that perception.
"I think I was underrated because I only gave people so much," she tells ABC Radio. "You know, it’s not the audience’s fault if I can’t show them what I’m capable of doing. It’s just, you know, when you don’t show people what you’re capable of doing, they underestimate you."
Demi feels that with Confident, she's finally proven what she can do, not only as a singer, but also as a songwriter.
"I had to learn for myself that, in order to get the respect that I want as an artist, as a musician, I have to show the world what I can do," she notes. "So that’s what I set out to do on this album, is to establish myself as an artist and a musician, rather than a pop star."
As for "Confident" the song, Demi says, "There’s something very liberating and being a woman taking control of her sexuality and what she decides to put out there to the world, with the message of having confidence." She says the song reflects her own growing confidence in herself and her body.
"You know, sometimes I’ll get backlash for wearing less clothing than I used to," she tells ABC Radio. "But to me, with the Cosmopolitan cover that I did this last summer, that to me wasn’t about me wearing less clothes. It was actually about me showing more confidence."
One fellow artist who's taken notice of Demi's talent is Rob Thomas. On Wednesday, the Matchbox Twenty frontman tweeted, "Just caught @ddlovato when she was onSNL. That girl can sing her a** off. For reals." A pleased Demi responded to Rob, "You're so sweet!"
Demi will also be displaying her confidence live onstage in 2016 when she hits the road with her buddy Nick Jonas for their Future Now tour.
Peter Kramer/NBCLast month, Katy Perry released the first image of her cartoon likeness from her new mobile game, Katy Perry Pop. Now we have even more details about the game.
The game -- which is currently being tested out in Sweden, Norway and Switzerland -- allows players to rise to pop stardom thanks to Katy’s advice and guidance. According to Gamezebo, the game features hundreds of wardrobe options and requires players to produce music videos to build their brand and expand their following.
Katy Perry Pop also includes a feature called “Katy Vision,” which apparently warps the game's "reality" and shows players a bunch of whimsical little animals.
The free-to-play game is being developed by Glu Mobile Inc., the same company that developed the insanely popular Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game. An official release date has not yet been revealed.
Renata RakshaIf things don’t work out with Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik can always try asking Selena Gomez out. In a new interview with InStyle UK, Selena admits she’d go on a date with the former One Direction member.
“If he had asked me out on a date, I would be seen with him. Just kidding, but not kidding,” she says.
While she may not be dating Zayn, she is on the dating scene. “I hate it,” she says. “It's hard and I'm weirded out by the idea that a guy has googled me before we meet, and that has happened.”
She also thinks her youthful appearance narrows her dating pool a bit. “I feel like I look 16 sometimes, which is a bummer because I would love to date older guys,” she says.
Sounds like she’s moved on from that famous ex of hers: Justin Bieber. “It's really hard because I'm a nice person,” she says of being constantly asked about the relationship. “I'm just tired of talking about it. I never intended for my life to become a tabloid story.”
ABC/Fred LeeIt seems Taylor Swift never passes up the chance to make a fan’s dreams come true. This time, she granted the wishes of a young girl in Australia who's losing her hearing.
According to The Maitland Mercury, when 12-year-old Jorja Hope was diagnosed with a progressive inner-ear condition that will one day make her deaf, the first thing she said was, “I won’t be able to hear Taylor Swift sing.”
Her twin sister, Chloe, launched a social media campaign with the hopes of catching Taylor’s attention. The campaign, #HelpJorjaMeetTaylorSwiftSydney, went viral and eventually a Sydney radio station secured Jorja a meet-and-greet with Taylor.
On Saturday, Jorja met her pop star idol and attended Taylor’s Sydney concert.
"She was very, very amazing and very pretty," Jorja tells The Maitland Mercury. "I didn't expect her to be as tall as she was."
XL Recordings/ColumbiaMany albums are described as eagerly-anticipated, but it seems no album in recent memory has been as anticipated as Adele's 25. The disc has shattered chart records with the highest one-week sales total ever.
Billboardreports that since Nielsen began tracking music sales in 1991, no album has sold more copies in a single week than 25: it racked up sales of 3.48 million units, of which 3.38 million were pure album sales. The rest were made up of track downloads and streams of the single "Hello." The album itself isn't available on streaming services.
To give you an idea of just how many copies 25 sold, if you added up the first-week sales of the most recent albums by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and One Direction, together, they still wouldn't total as many albums as 25 managed to shift.
25 is Adele's second number-one album, following her previous disc, 21. Adele-mania has now pushed that disc, which came out in 2011, back into the top 10. The last time it was there was March of 2013. That means 21 has now spent a total of 82 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10 since its release.
Meanwhile, Adele's first album, 19, is back in the top 20, thanks to a 252% increase in sales this past week.
Over in her home country, 25 has become the U.K.'s biggest-selling #1 album in history, selling sold 800,307 copies in its first week. The previous record for first-week sales was held by the Oasis album Be Here Now, which sold 696,000 copies in its first week.
Image Group LA/ABCPentatonix is virtually unstoppable. Today, in honor of Cyber Monday, the chart-topping a cappella group will do a "virtual reality performance" in malls around the country, highlighting their insanely popular Christmas music.
Their performance -- part of a Samsung Gear VR demo -- will be on view at select Westfield Mall locations across the country. The virtual reality technology will make fans feel as though Pentatonix is singing just for them, as they "watch" the performance from a private balcony with a full 360 degree view, and hear select commentary from the group about why they love singing during the holidays.
Pentatonix will be singing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” from their best-selling 2014 holiday album That’s Christmas to Me. A deluxe edition of the album was released last month.
"We wanted to add some deluxe tracks so we recorded five new songs and they're really fun," Pentatonix member Scott Hoying tells ABC Radio. "There's no originals on it, but there's just five more covers, because people really received the Christmas album well last year, so we wanted to add to it."
As for why that album was so successful, Scott says, simply, "Christmas music just lends itself really, really well to a cappella."
Among the new songs on the deluxe album: "Joy to the World," "The First Noel" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
The virtual reality Pentatonix concert experience will be available at Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, CA; Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park, CA; Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ; Westfield San Francisco Centre in San Francisco, CA; Westfield Montgomery in Bethesda, MD; and Westfield UTC in San Diego, CA.
If you want to watch Pentatonix singing from the comfort of your own living room, though, tune in tonight at 8 p.m. ET for the ABC special It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown. They'll be performing on the show, along with Sarah McLachlan, Boyz II Men and Glee star Matthew Morrison. That's followed by an airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas, now in its 50th year.
During the show, taped earlier this month in Greensboro, North Carolina, Train plays selections from their holiday album Christmas in Tahoe, as well as a few of their biggest hits, as a host of champion skaters hit the ice for a variety of routines. You'll see Olympic gold medalist and season 18 Dancing with the Stars champ Meryl Davis with her partner, Charlie White, plus skating legend Brian Boitano, Kimmie Meissner, Todd Eldredge, Ryan Bradley and many more.
The show is hosted by Olympic champion and season six Dancing with the Stars champ Kristi Yamaguchi and three-time U.S. champion Michael Weiss.
Among the songs Train performs: "Shake Up Christmas," "What Christmas Means to Me," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "River" and more.
Pandora's Holiday Celebrations on Ice airs at on ABC Sunday at different times, depending on where you live in the U.S., and there will be an encore performance on December 13. Here are the times:
Dana Edelson/NBCMiley Cyrus, Jessie J, Hozier and Bono and The Edge of U2 will all be performing at an event at New York’s Carnegie Hall marking World AIDS Day, December 1.
The “It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done” event is sponsored by two charity organizations co-founded by Bono: ONE, which combats poverty and preventable disease, and (RED), which raises money and awareness in the fight against AIDS. The evening will celebrate progress in the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty, as well as commemorate the 10-year anniversary of both charities.
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah will emcee the event, and Vice President Joe Biden, Bono and Stephen Colbert are among the night’s speakers. Biden will honor former mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg for his philanthropic contributions.
ABC/ Lou RoccoWhat's the perfect gift for Taylor Swift? As her star-studded squad hits the stores this Black Friday in search of that special something for Taylor, Teen Vogue has created a guide that includes 12 items that the singer will be sure to love.
The list features everything from the expensive -- a $1,250 Hermes Apple watch -- to the inexpensive -- adorable $5 J. Crew Band-aids. Because, as you may recall, Band-aids don't fix bullet holes. And since Taylor’s a known cat lover, the list includes a $200 pet bowl that would be perfect for her beloved cats Meredith and Olivia, as well as a pair of Charlotte Olympia flats designed to look like kittens.
The gift ideas for Taylor also include a designer notebook and pen for writing song lyrics, lipstick to get that "red lip classic thing that [she] likes," $75 Kohl's eyeliner for that perfect cat-eye, and a festive Kate Spade apron she can wear while baking cookies for fans and supermodels alike. There's also chic sleepwear, which Taylor can sport during all those slumber parties she hosts for her famous friends.
Let's hope Selena Gomez, Lily Aldridge, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delavigne, Gigi Hadid and the rest are taking note of these great suggestions.
In other Taylor news, there are some people who won’t be sending her a Christmas card this year. Conservationists in Auckland, New Zealand are reportedly upset because they say a crew for Taylor’s new music video has put a rare native bird in danger this week.
According to The New Zealand Herald, Taylor is believed to have shot a music video at Bethells Beach, which is home to endangered baby dotterels. It’s been alleged that her production team broke the terms of their permit by taking up to 12 vehicles onto the beach, when they had only been approved to use two.
"We are trying to minimize vehicles on beaches for good reasons but at Bethells there are baby dotterels,” Waitakere Ranges local board chairwoman Sandra Coney says in a Facebook post. “…Taylor's lot did not respect the environment or the conditions of their consent."
Dana Eldelson/NBCFirst, the good news: Adele is going on tour! Now, the bad news: she hasn't announced any North American dates...yet.
In a hilarious video that's full of bloopers, Adele says, "Hello, it's me, Adele." Then she burst out laughing, saying, "Oh my God, I can't even SAY that anymore!" referring to her hit song, "Hello." She then goes on to say, "I have been bluffing this whole time and I'm so relieved to tell you that of course I am coming on tour and I can't wait to see all of you there, so see you very very soon!"
Adele's tour will begin February 29 in Belfast and then travel throughout the U.K. and Ireland, including four dates at London's O2 arena that we're betting will grow to even more shows. At the beginning of May, she'll move onto Europe, and right now she has dates scheduled through the middle of June. No word on North American tour dates. Visit live.adele.com for more info.
To get a preview of Adele's live show, check out her upcoming NBC special, airing December 14. It was taped earlier this month at New York City's Radio City Music Hall and features her performing a number of songs from her new album 25, as well as all her hits.
ABC/Fred LeeRachelPlatten is one of the many artists who'll be performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. She says she's looking forward to digging into some festive treats after her stint in the event is over. "I hope I don’t have to eat on the float. That would be really sad!" she laughs.
In reality, Rachel tells ABC Radio, "I’m pretty sure that I’m gonna go to Thanksgiving at my husband’s family’s house." And while she's there, she says, she's got a strategy planned for how she's going to attack her holiday dinner. "My favorite thing is combinations and bites...I’m really a big fan of making sure I have a little bit of everything on my fork," she explains. "You gotta get the cranberry, you gotta get the mashed potatoes, you gotta get the sweet potatoes. Ooh, I make the sweet potatoes...I kill the sweet potatoes!"
"I was also vegan for a while but I’m not a vegan anymore so I eat a lot of turkey," she adds, "And...I really kill it on the sweet potatoes. I just want that to be known!"
OK, Rachel, so you're a sweet-potato making machine, we get it. But what about what you're thankful for this holiday season?
"Oh my God, I’m so grateful for the whole thing," says the "Fight Song" singer, who found success this year after more than a decade of struggling. She tells ABC Radio, "I’m overwhelmed by it. Every time I think about it, it’s crazy! My life has changed so much, you know, and getting to actually sit and assess it is nuts."
Maybe Rachel can actually have her dessert before her Thanksgiving meal, because she'll be riding on the Lindt chocolate float. Other performers at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade include her pal Andy Grammer, as well as Train, Plain White T's, Jordin Sparks, Daughtry and Mariah Carey. It starts at 9 a.m. in all time zones on NBC.
Rachel's new album Wildfire will be released in the coming months, and her first headline tour kicks off February 26 in Dallas, Texas. A few weeks prior to that, she and Andy Grammer will both perform on Train's annual Sail Across the Sun fan cruise.
PRNewsFoto/PMK*BNCWant to see Mariah Carey show off her directing and acting skills? Entertainment Weekly has a sneak preview of a scene from her feature directorial debut: the holiday Hallmark Channel movie, A Christmas Melody.
The film stars Mean Girls’Lacey Chabert as divorced fashion designer Kristin, and in the clip, Mariah herself plays the mean girl. She's Kristin’s old high school rival, Melissa, who brags about her big house and her doting husband, and even shoves her massive diamond ring in Kristin’s face.
When Kristin tries to cut their conversation short by saying she’s on her way to a PTA meeting, Melissa reveals that she’s the head of the PTA and will walk her there. “Guess today’s your lucky day,” Melissa says.
A Christmas Melody debuts on the Hallmark Channel December 19 at 8 p.m. ET.
Kenneth CappelloA Jonas Brothers reunion might not be as unlikely as we may have thought. In a new interview with Pride Source, Joe Jonas says getting back together to play with older brother Kevin and younger brother Nick “could easily happen.”
Joe is now the frontman of the band DNCE, and Nick, of course, has his solo career, but Joe sees potential collaborations in their future.
“Nick and I have a few ideas to work with other artists who we really like,” he says. “There are a couple of artists out there that we think are really incredible that we'd like to work together with. And then, there's always down the road. We don't really ever wanna say never to anything just because there could be something that comes along our way that we might say, ‘You know, let's try working on this song together.’”
As for what it would take to get the band back together, Joe says, “Time itself.” In other words, don't expect it anytime soon.
“It's easy to say we're done and that we're never doing it again, but then we both look at each other and go, ‘We obviously get along,’” he says. “And who knows -- years from now we could be like, ‘All right, let's make a record.’ It could easily happen.”