Cliff Lipson/CBSEd Sheeran: College professor? The singer visited the University of Central Florida Monday after students helped the school win a social media contest to get him on campus. There, he tried his hand at teaching.
“Being a professor today at UCF, God help everyone involved,” Ed tweeted.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that during the campus takeover, Ed “taught” a music class, treated students to a private concert and participated in an informal Q&A session. Students asked him who he’d like to collaborate with, and he said Beyonce. They also asked about his relationship with Taylor Swift. He said they’re close. One student even asked him on a date, and he jokingly suggested they go to Chuck E. Cheese’s.
About 300 tickets were issued to those who shared their votes for UCF on Twitter and Facebook. The contest was sponsored by Chegg, a textbook rental website, and launched back in January. In addition to Ed’s appearance, UCF's music department received a $10,000 grant.
Michael Becker/FOXKelly Clarkson's upcoming Piece by Piece tour will be a new experience for her, because it'll be her first full-fledged tour as a mom -- her daughter River Rose will be 13 months old when it kicks off. But the prospect of taking a baby on the road with her doesn't daunt Kelly, because she's already done something even more difficult: toured with her dogs.
"This is gonna sound funny-slash-horrible but...I already traveled with two dogs beforehand, so now I’ve just kind of switched out. And I will have the two dogs out with me on tour, but dogs are harder!" Kelly tells ABC Radio. laughing. "Like, I have a baby and I’m telling you: dogs are harder to keep up with than my baby!"
Kelly says getting her tour bus ready to travel with River has been a breeze. "Actually it’s been really seamless and my whole bus is baby-proofed," she says. "And we’ve got her crib on there and every safety precaution on the bus and stuff. So we’re really ready. But, I mean, honestly my dogs have been harder."
Kelly has two dogs: Wyatt and Security. Her dog Joplin died in 2013. Her tour starts July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
NBCThe top six on The Voice saluted their mothers on Monday night's live show.
The artists dedicated one of their two performances of the night to their moms, in honor of Mother's Day.
Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams both had two artists take the stage, while Adam Levine and BlakeShelton each had one.
Here's what happened during the two-hour broadcast:
Team Christina's India Carney, who was instantly saved last week, began the show by performing John Legend and Common's "Glory," from the movie Selma, in a tribute to her mom.
Pharrell called it an incredible comeback for India. Adam said she stepped up in the competition. Christina said India handled Common's rap verses in the song very well "melodically."
Joshua Davis of Team Adam played a jazzy version of the U2 single "Desire." Adam said his comfort and enjoyment level shines through.
Team Pharrell's Koryn Hawthorne sang the R.E.M. hit "Everybody Hurts" in honor of her mother. She chose that tune because, in Koryn's words, her mom "has been through so much...and she has come out of it."
Blake said Koryn is so invested in the songs she performs. Pharrell added that she channeled the spirit of the song, and it lit up the room.
Team Christina's Kimberly Nichole belted out Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" for her mom. Adam said she can take any song and make it her own. Christina said the performance embodied freedom and joy.
Meghan Linsey of Team Blake took on "Steamroller Blues" by JamesTaylor. Pharrell said she represents all the people who have been told "no" in their lives. Blake declared that he's so excited after Meghan sang the heck out of the song.
Team Pharrell artist Sawyer Fredericks dedicated a rendition of "Shine On," by the folk duo Seth and May, to his mom.
Blake said what Sawyer does is so simple but so real. Pharrell said no one can deny the power that Sawyer has.
Kimberly returned to the stage for a cover of Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana." She wanted to show off her rock side with the song, and Pharrell said she accomplished just that. Christina called her a true rock star, and added that she has so much fun watching Kimberly in action.
Joshua dedicated The Beatles' "In My Life" to his wife.
Blake said he wishes he had the confidence to play the way Joshua did on that song. Adam described his artist as a "class act" and said the performance was "mesmerizing."
For her second performance, Koryn sang Aerosmith's "Dream On."
Christina said Koryn did a great job with a song that's outside her boundaries. Pharrell suggested that everyone should feel inspired to dream harder after a performance like that one.
India tried to win some more of the viewers' votes with the SamSmith ballad "Lay Me Down."
Adam argued that it was her best performance of the season. Christina observed that India stepped out of her comfort zone and came through.
Sawyer was back with "Take Me to the River," originally recorded by Al Green.
Blake said Sawyer doesn't need to do anything but sing because he's so talented. Pharrell noted that Sawyer really worked the stage.
Meghan closed out the show with her tribute to her mother, "Amazing Grace."
Christina said it was touching and moving. Blake proclaimed, "There's a new sheriff in town on this show."
One artist will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Jacquie Lee is among the Voice alumni who will serve as musical guests.
Image Group LA/ABCJordin Sparks is giving you the chance to pre-order her Right Here, Right Now album, and get a little something extra in the process.
She's offering an exclusive pre-order bundle, which includes two instant downloads of the songs “It Ain’t You” and “Double Tap,” a signed copy of Right Here, Right Now, and a #DoubleTap tank top. Plus, Jordin will personally double tap, or “like,” five of your photos on Instagram.
The bundle costs $29.99 and you can purchase it by clicking the pre-order button on JordinSparks.com. But act fast because supplies are limited.
Right Here, Right Now is due out later this year. An exact release date has yet to be announced.
Jamie McCarthy/NBCJust in time for Cinco de Mayo, Justin Timberlake is starring as a down-on-his-luck lime in a bizarre ad to promote his tequila brand.
He plays Rick "Sour" Vane, a lime who’s been put out of business by Sauza 901 -- a tequila with the tagline, "No limes needed." In the mockumentary-style clip, Rick reminisces about an era when limes were the “rock stars” of bar condiments.
“It was like you couldn’t drink tequila without one of us,” he says. “When we walked into the club, it was like everything was in slow motion. Literally. It was like we were rock stars.”
After the rise of Sauza 901 in 2013, the ad shows that limes were relegated to replacing tennis balls at the bottom of elderly people’s walkers. Even though it put him out of a job, in the end Rick admits he's tried Sauza 901, and liked it.
According to Mashable, Justin sold his small alcohol business 901 -- named after the area code of his Memphis, Tennessee hometown -- to liquor giant Sauza last year. He’s now the co-owner and face of the Sauza 901 brand.
In addition to the lime ad, Justin, dressed as himself this time, tweeted an “apology” video to limes. “We wish nothing but the best for limes and hope they continue to thrive as one of the most successful citrus fruits of all time,” he says in the clip.
Republic RecordsWe already knew some of the artists featured on the compilation album of songs from the Broadway musical Finding Neverland. Now, we know the rest.
Finding Neverland: The Album will be released on June 9, and will include contributions from Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Kiesza, Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Perri. They’ll be interpreting original songs written by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy for the Harvey Weinstein-produced show. If you pre-order the digital album on May 12, you’ll receive Kiesza’s track “Stronger” as an instant download.
The newly confirmed artists join previously announced contributors John Legend, Rita Ora, Nick Jonas and Glee’s Matthew Morrison, who stars in the Broadway production.
The show, which opened on Broadway April 15, is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie.
Here is the full track listing:
“Neverland” -- Zendaya “Stronger” -- Kiesza “Believe” -- Nick Jonas “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” -- Ellie Goulding “Circus of Your Mind” -- Paloma Faith “What You Mean to Me” -- Jennifer Lopez & Trey Songz “Are We Gonna Play?” -- Rita Ora & Sage The Gemini “Anywhere but Here” -- Christina Aguilera “Beautiful Day” -- Jon Bon Jovi “Stars” -- Pentatonix “My Imagination” -- John Legend “Something About This Night” -- Gary Barlow “We Own the Night with Lucy” -- Matthew Morrison “All that Matters” -- Christina Perri “If The World Turned Upside” -- Goo Goo Dolls
Ben Watts; ABC/Ida Mae AstuteEver wondered what Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s text conversations are like? Turns out, they’re a lot like song lyrics. Taylor posted a snippet of an adorable late-night text convo with Ed on Instagram today, and it contains quite a bit of rhyming.
“Go to sleep, I’ll talk to you soon,” Taylor writes. To which Ed responds, “In a bizzle, swizzle.”
Taylor shoots back: “Like you said, Ed.” And Ed types, “That’s okay, Tay,” before he jokingly concludes, “You’d think for multi platinum lyricists we’d do better.”
Taylor is currently in Japan, where she’ll kick off her 1989 World Tour tomorrow. Ed, meanwhile, began his spring North American tour at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Saturday.
Randy Holmes / ABC The “Blurred Lines” court battle continues. Attorneys for Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have petitioned a judge to grant them a new trial in the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement case, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The motion was filed Friday, with lawyers claiming a do-over is necessary because of errors in jury instructions, improper testimony from a musicologist, and insufficient evidence to support a finding that “Blurred Lines” is truly similar to Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give It Up.”
In March, a Los Angeles jury ruled in favor of the Gaye family and awarded them more than 7.3 million dollars for copyright infringement. Following that verdict, the Gaye family filed two motions of their own: one to stop the continued distribution of "Blurred Lines" and impound works that contain the song, and another requesting the record labels involved in the song also be held accountable. A judge will consider all motions at a hearing scheduled for June 29.
The court decision has already had an effect on the industry. Just last week, additional writing credits for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ hit “Uptown Funk” were granted to members of The Gap Band, due to the song’s alleged similarities to the group’s 1979 R&B hit, “Oops Upside Your Head.”
RCA RecordsSia has released a deluxe edition of her Grammy-nominated album 1000 Forms of Fear. The album -- out today -- contains the original track list plus eight acoustic versions and remixes of the singles “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart” and “Big Girls Cry.”
1000 Forms of Fear was first released in July 2014 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart. Sia promoted the disc without ever showing her face.
Here is the 1000 Forms of Fear Deluxe Edition track listing:
"Chandelier" "Big Girls Cry" "Burn the Pages" "Eye of the Needle" "Hostage" "Straight for the Knife" "Fair Game" "Elastic Heart" "Free the Animal" "Fire Meet Gasoline" "Cellophane" "Dressed in Black" "Chandelier (piano version)" "Elastic Heart (piano version)" "Chandelier (Four Tet remix)" "Chandelier (Plastic Plates remix)" "Elastic Heart (Clams Casino remix)" "Elastic Heart (Blood Diamonds remix)" "Big Girls Cry (ODESZA remix)" "Big Girls Cry (Bleachers remix)"
Image Group LA/ABC; Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsBeen curious to hear what a Britney Spears/Iggy Azalea duet sounds like? Your wait is over -- their much-anticipated collaboration, “Pretty Girls,” has officially been released.
Britney and Iggy both tweeted their excitement over the sassy female empowerment jam in the wee hours of Monday morning. “To be honest im just over here acting like a total fan girl for britneys vocals on this song. cant. stop. listening. so classically Britney,” the Australian rapper posted on Twitter, breaking her self-imposed social media hiatus.
Britney expressed her gratitude for the positive fan reactions. “Thank you all for the amazing feedback on #PrettyGirls!! Going to bed now with a smile on my face Have some more surprises coming soon!” she tweeted.
The song's video, which is said to have been inspired by the 1980’s sci-fi comedy film Earth Girls Are Easy, will reportedly be released next week. Britney and Iggy will perform "Pretty Girls" live on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards May 17 on ABC.
Courtesy Diet CokeTaylor Swift is one of the biggest stars in the world, but she's turned her two cats, Olivia Benson and Meredith, into stars as well. In fact, Taylor may have single-handedly made the "crazy cat lady" insult so frequently hurled at feline-loving single women irrelevant.
Olivia and Meredith are so closely associated with Taylor that last week, the fact that deejay Calvin Harrisposted a photo of them on Instagram was taken as proof that he and Taylor are dating. When she posted a video of her cats' meowing waking her up at 6am, it made headlines worldwide, as did that famous photo of her carrying Olivia around on the streets of New York City.
"I think everybody’s sort of loving cats right now," Taylor says. "It doesn’t feel like something where you’re like, 'Oh, I have two cats,' and they’re like, 'Oh.'"
Taylor adds, "It’s kind of like...everybody loves watching cat videos online. It’s sort of a new…you don’t want to say an animal is a trend, but I think a lot of people kind of bond over it. I don’t know. I mean, it’s like this weird language you can speak with other cat people."
Also appreciating Taylor's cat ownership are the women whose TV characters provided the names for Meredith and Olivia: Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, and Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay. Earlier this year, the two women posted a photo of themselves together on Instagram, and captioned it, "This one goes out to @TaylorSwift13," with the hashtags "#CatsOutOfTheBag" and "#CatsMeow."
So, with all that support, is Taylor ready to increase her family and add another cat to her collection?
Universal Music GroupKanyeWest has changed the title of his upcoming album.
In late February, he revealed on Twitter that the project would be titled So Help Me God. He took to the social media site again on Sunday to make a follow-up announcement: "I’m changing my album name to SWISH."
Don't get too attached to "Swish," though: Kanye warned, "I might change it again but that’s the name now."
There's still no release date for the album. Whatever Kanye ends up calling it, it will be the follow-up to his 2013 album, Yeezus.
Ben WattsJustinBieber is on a mission to change his bad boy image, and his game plan is to put "God and family first."
"There have been times where it has been difficult," the "Boyfriend" singer tells People Magazine. "But as long as I put God and family first, I can find my way through most things."
"I also find it important to surround myself with people who are honest and hold me accountable for my actions – that helps a lot, too," adds Bieber.
That doesn't mean Justin, 21, isn't having a good time. Prior to watching his buddy, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. beat Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday, he partied poolside at the Hard Rock Hotel.
The Bieb was on his best behavior, according to the magazine, and with good reason -- he had his younger siblings in tow.
"I love my brother and sister so much," he explains. "I want to help them be the best they can be and being someone they can look up to is definitely an important part of that." Justin is the older half-brother of Jaxon, five and Jazmyn, six.
Image Group LA/ABCSamSmith is taking it easy after cancelling some Australian tour dates due to a small hemorrhage on his vocal chords.
In an update posted on his Instagram page, Sam informed his followers, "I'm ok. I am insanely relaxed and am somewhere in the middle of Australia with no phone, no laptop and I haven't spoken a word in three days. Trying my absolute best to be back on my feet and singing for next week."
Sam noted that his time off has realized how much he misses his fans when he's not on stage. He added, "I'm gonna go back to my black and white movies and pretend I'm Judy Garland for a few more days."
In a post last week, Sam announced that he suffered the hemorrhage while in Sydney and the doctors ordered him to rest his vocal cords.
ABC/John FleenorCould this be the start of Carly Rae Jepsen’s television acting career? The singer will guest star as herself on tonight’s Saturday Night Live-themed episode of Castle.
In the episode entitled “Dead from New York,” Rick Castle and Kate Beckett are called in to investigate the murder of the creator of a long-running sketch comedy show called Saturday Night Tonight. Carly Rae, who made her real SNL debut last month, will appear as the musical guest on Castle’s fake version of the show. She’ll be singing her new song “I Really Like You,” and also will have a couple of lines of dialog during the episode.
In a preview clip from the episode, Castle, played by Nathan Fillion, tells Carly he’s a huge fan. “Thanks, that means a lot to me,” Carly says. Before he can gush any more, Carly is called on stage to perform.
“Did some serious acting on @Castle_ABC,” Carly tweeted Thursday. “Ok, I had two lines, but still pretty stoked!”
The episode, which also will feature Jaleel White as the star of Saturday Night Tonight, airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
Kurt IswarienkoMother’s Day is just a week away, but Adam Lambert and Colbie Caillat are already expressing their appreciation for their supportive moms. In this week's issue of People magazine, the two explain why their moms are the real stars.
Adam credits his mom, Leila, with exposing to him to great music at a young age. “My parents had such a big music collection,” he tells the mag. “My mom liked Al Green and Bob Marley. I was exposed to a lot of the stuff they were listening to.”
Now, Leila, an interior designer, says Adam introduces her to new pop songs. And while Adam’s on tour, the two stay in touch through FaceTime and texting. “He’s really amazing,” Leila says. “I’ll text him and he gets back to me right away.” That’s a good son.
Colbie credits her mom with influencing her musical tastes, too. “My parents raised me on Tom Petty, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac -- and that’s still the music I listen to daily,” she says. But her mom, Diane, is biased these days when it comes to music. The model turned entrepreneur says she only listens to her daughter’s tunes. “She still wears my tour shirts, which I get embarrassed about,” Colbie says.
The two live about 10 minutes away from each other in L.A. and frequently get together for family dinners or “weekend pool hangs.”
“She’s just the most helpful, caring mother ever,” Colbie says. “She’s so loving.”
Image Courtesy of ABCImagine Dragons will unite with rock band REO Speedwagon for the "Mash Up Mondays" series on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! The two bands will give a one time only performance as REO Imagine Speedragons on the show's May 4 episode.
"REO Imagine Speedragons was destined to happen since the day Zeus thrust his mighty bolt to the earth," says Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds in a statement.
"I talked to [guitarist] Wayne [Sermon] from Imagine Dragons yesterday, and both our bands are totally psyched about doing the 'Mash Up Monday,'" adds REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin. "We all love Jimmy and we're gonna play one of our favorites like it’s never been played before. Imagine REO Speedragons is gonna f**kin' rock!"
Previous "Mash Up Monday" bands have included Wee-Z Top -- that's Weezer and ZZ Top -- and Morris Day and the HAIM, made up of funk great Morris Day plus the band HAIM.
REO Imagine Speedragons will take the stage on Kimmel on May 4 at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
Florent Dechard“Uptown Funk” had to give it to ‘em. Billboard reports that Mark Ronson’s mega-hit featuring Bruno Mars now features an additional five writing credits.
According to documents obtained by Billboard from RCA Records, writing credits were awarded to five members of the 1970’s R&B/funk group, The Gap Band: brothers Charlie, Robert and Ronnie Wilson, keyboardist Rudolph Taylor and producer Lonnie Simmons.
Publisher Minder Music reportedly filed a claim with YouTube on the band’s behalf back in February, due to the song’s similarities to The Gap Band’s 1979 R&B hit, “Oops Up Side Your Head.”
Mark and Bruno were listed as the original writers for “Uptown Funk,” along with producers Jeffrey Bhasker and Phillip Lawrence. Nicholas Williams, also known as rapper Trinidad James, and producer Devon Gallaspy also got a credit for the use of a sample of the rapper’s track “All Gold Everything.”
Trindad’s lawyer, Danny Zook, tells Billboard he thinks the “Blurred Lines” case influenced the “Uptown Funk” writers’ decision to share credit. “Everyone is being a little more cautious,” he says. “Nobody wants to be involved in a lawsuit.”
Joe BonillaEnrique Iglesias cleaned up at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last night. The singer nabbed nine awards, bringing his career total to a whopping 36.
"It has been an incredible night, and I can't help but continue to thank those who have inspired me, supported me, and believed in my crazy vision,” Enrique said. “To the fans that have grown up with me, I want you all to know that it's a great honor to walk with you; there is still a lot music left to share and we still have a long way to go."
This year, he took home trophies for the following categories:
"Latin Pop Songs" Artist of the Year "Latin Pop Album" of the Year, SexAndLove "Latin Pop Albums" Artist of the Year, SexAndLove "Hot Latin Song" Song of the Year, “Bailando” "Canción del Año", Digital, “Bailando” "Canción del Año", Streaming, “Bailando” "Hot Latin Song" Song of the Year, “Bailando” "Hot Latin Song" Vocal Colaboration, “Bailando” "Canción del Año", Airplay, “Bailando”
Also this week, Enrique awarded one lucky student a music scholarship to Berklee University. Silviana Itzel Salinas-Reyna, a 23-year-old tenor saxophone student from Mexico City, will begin her studies at Berklee this fall.
This month, Enrique continues his SexAndLove Tour throughout Latin America.