RCA/Paola KudackiAlicia Keys wants women to know they don’t need to conform to someone's idea of looking "perfect."
The 15-time Grammy Award winner appears without makeup in the publicity photo for her latest single, “In Common,” and she writes in an essay for LennyLetter.com, “It is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt.”
Keys says she was “sick of” females having to conform to an image determined by society.
“Women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect,” she comments. “One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you're plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”
Despite her phenomenal success, Keys admits that the pressure to look a certain way caused her to be insecure.
“All of it is so frustrating and so freakin' impossible,” she states. “I was really starting to feel like that -- that, as I am, I was not good enough for the world to see. This started manifesting on many levels, and it was not healthy.”
Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas’ TV show Kingdom officially returns tomorrow. On it, he plays a gay MMA fighter who’s still coming to terms with his sexuality. But in real life, Nick knows what he wants.
“On Kingdom I have a sex scene with a guy,” he tells U.K.’s The Sun. “It is always this thing have I, has Nick? No.”
Though he concedes, “But it’s my lips, it’s my hands, it’s my body, even if I’m playing a character. So technically I have done that, so I wouldn’t say I haven’t, because that would be lying.”
Nick, who has a big gay fanbase but is in fact straight, says he’s always been “very open” about who he is and has “nothing to prove.”
New episodes of Kingdom premiere on DirecTV’s Audience Network tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
ABC/Fred LeeZedd’s upcoming documentary, True Colors, is ready to make its debut. A new trailer for the film contains live concert footage, interviews with Zedd’s family and music industry execs, and insights from Zedd himself.
The documentary, which chronicles the DJ-producer’s rise to fame and the making of his True Colors album, will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 2. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and a special acoustic performance from Zedd.
Earlier this year, Zedd released a new version of True Colors’ title track, featuring Kesha.
Sasha SamsonovaThe ladies of Fifth Harmony have a lot to celebrate. Their sophomore album, 7/27, came out on Friday, their song “Work from Home” is a hit, and today just happens to be Normani Kordei’s 20th birthday.
In a Facebook Live Q&A session, Normani was presented with a cupcake and her group mates sang a harmonized version of “Happy Birthday.”
After the mini birthday festivities, the girls answered questions based on their song titles. They revealed their female inspirations, what they would do if they weren’t singing and some of the biggest lies they’ve ever told.
Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagicRedOne has enlisted Jennifer Lopez and a slew of other famous friends for his "Don't You Need Somebody” video. In a teaser clip, J-Lo, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and street artist Mr Brainwash are all seen lip syncing the upbeat tune.
The full video for the single -- which features Enrique Iglesias, R. City, Serayah and Shaggy -- comes out June 6.
RedOne rose to fame as a producer/songwriter for the likes of Lady Gaga and One Direction. He signed as a solo artist with Warner Bros. Records earlier this year.
Jamie NelsonGwen Stefani goes industrial chic in her music video for “Misery.” In the fashion-forward clip, the singer models a series of different couture looks in an abandoned warehouse.
The video cuts between scenes of Gwen and a trio of dapper male dancers. There are also several surreal visuals: At one point she poses next to a horse and in another scene, she rides a bicycle through the warehouse. What does it all mean? We're not sure -- but it sure looks pretty.
“Misery” is the third single off Gwen's latest solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like.
ABC/Image Group LAWondering what Sam Smith has been up to? Turns out the British singer has been vacationing stateside. According to People, Sam and his parents spent last week sightseeing in Boston.
Sam reportedly attended a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park Wednesday, and spent the next day strolling around the Beacon Hill area. He was spotted on Charles Street, grabbing a Starbucks coffee before heading to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall.
Sam also dined on the patio at Mija Cantina & Tequila Bar in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, where he posed for a selfie with a fan and took a photo with the restaurant staff. He did not, however, join his pals in Disclosure at the Boston Calling Music Festival on Sunday. He had apparently left the city by then.
Sam has a special connection with Boston -- last year, he underwent vocal surgery at the Mass General Hospital Voice Center.
Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty ImagesPentatonix member Kirstin Maldonado is engaged. The sole female member of the a cappella group said “yes” to boyfriend Jeremy Michael Lewis after he proposed in Paris over the weekend.
A professional photographer captured the romantic proposal in front of the Eiffel Tower. Kirstin showed off a couple of the photos on social media, and revealed her new sparkler in one of the snaps.
Pentatonix has a show in Paris Monday night as part of their world tour.
Image Group LA/ABCCatch your first glimpse of Selena Gomez as a young runaway in the trailer for her new Netflix movie, The Fundamentals of Caring.
The film stars Paul Rudd as a caregiver who begins working with a wheelchair-bound teenager. He takes the teen on a road trip to break him out of his dreary routine, and along the way they pick up Selena’s character -- a street-wise hitchhiker.
Funny enough, the trailer also contains a couple of Katy Perry references. The teen in the film has a huge crush on the pop star. Earlier this month there were rumors Selena was trying to steal Katy’s man in real life, Orlando Bloom. For the record, Katy and Orlando are still going strong.
The Fundamentals of Caring will premiere June 24 on Netflix.
Simon EmmettAdele once said she hates being away from England, but did she finally cave and buy a house in Los Angeles? According to TMZ, the singer shelled out $9.5 million for a mansion in Beverly Hills about a month ago.
The 6,600-square foot home reportedly has four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a pool, a treehouse and an outdoor train set. Those last two features sound perfect for her three-year-old son, Angelo.
Adele’s pal Jennifer Lawrence is among her neighbors, as well as Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie. But TMZ reports that Adele hasn’t even moved in yet because she’s still on tour.
And speaking of Adele's tour, she recently shut down a fan for videotaping her concert. "Can you take your tripod down? This isn't a DVD, this is a real show,” Adele tells a lady in the crowd. “I'd really like you to enjoy my show because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in."
ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry maybe didn’t have the best Memorial Day. Hackers took control of the singer’s Twitter account Monday and tweeted out a bunch of strange messages to her 89 million followers.
According to E! News, which captured the since-deleted tweets, one such message was a shout-out to Taylor Swift, with whom Katy is rumored to have “Bad Blood.” The tweet read, “miss u baby,” and tagged Taylor’s Twitter handle. Another tweet apparently included a SoundCloud link to an unreleased Katy song.
The tweets were quickly deleted and Katy’s control of her page was restored. She has yet to comment on the hack.
Photo credit: Dan MartensenDrake continues to dominate the album chart as he holds onto the number one spot for a fourth straight week.
Views has been number one on the Billboard 200 for the most weeks by a male artist in more than four years.
Michael Buble held the number-one slot for five weeks, from December 2011 to January 2012, with his Christmas album. The last non-holiday album by a male artist to remain at number one for more than four weeks was Eminem's Recovery which was number one for seven weeks in 2010.
Views chalked up 189,000 equivalent album units, including 50,000 traditional album sales, in the week ending May 26. The album also is setting online records. It owns the top four largest streaming weeks in history: 245.1 million streams during its debut week, 186.1 million in week three, 116.3 million in its fourth and current week, and 140.8 million in week two.
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesKesha had words of praise -- and a warning -- for her Instagram followers on Monday.
The 29-year-old "Die Young" singer shared a selfie with her cat "Mr. Peeps," thanking her fans for their support and urging them to beware of "shady" people.
"mr peeps taught me about unconditional love. I adore my little trash cat. I am also so happy I have some people in my life that are trustworthy and loyal," writes Kesha. "weed the shady f****** out before they bite. trust me."
Kesha is embroiled in a legal battle with her longtime producer Dr. Luke, whom she claims drugged and raped her. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, denies the accusations and is suing Kesha for breach of contract and defamation.
Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesWhen country star Keith Urban had to cancel his appearance at the Indy 500 this weekend, Lady Gaga took the wheel. According to the Indianapolis Star, the singer joined IndyCar legend Mario Andretti for a joyride before the start of the race on Sunday.
The two made three laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of a pre-race ritual. "She's going to distract me quite a bit, actually," Andretti joked before their ride. "I hope I can just look ahead while I'm driving."
Gaga was a last minute replacement for Keith, who was forced to drop out due to a back injury.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna isn’t taking the shade BET threw at her -- about her Prince tribute during last week’s Billboard Awards -- too lightly.
On Saturday, the entertainment icon struck back at a controversial tweet from the network via social media.
“Wearing the jacket Prince gave me back in the day without permission from BET. . lol! God Bless America,” the Material Girl posted to Instagram on Saturday while sharing a photo of her wearing a floral jacket and hat.
Madonna’s post comes after BET tweeted and then deleted an advertisement for their own Prince tribute during the BMAs, at which she sang a much scrutinized version of “Nothing Compares 2 U”: “Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We got you.”
Madonna followed up her first Instagram with a photo of herself wearing sunglasses, writing: “I Will Shade You. hahahhahahahhahah.”
On Sunday, BET has since responded to Madonna’s Instagram post. “Unfortunately, witty as this tweet is, it can’t turn back the clock on a performance that failed to cover the various roles and stages of the legend’s career,” BET’s Evelyn Diazwrote on Sunday morning.
Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesDemi Lovato is mourning yet another loss. The singer’s great-grandmother, whom she called Mimaw, passed away over the Memorial Day weekend.
Demi posted a heartfelt tribute to her Mimaw on Instagram Sunday. "I miss her more than words can even describe,” she writes, alongside a photo of herself lying next to Mimaw. “There is an emptiness in my heart that only her spirit can fill and I pray that I will feel her by my side every single day until we meet again.”
She goes on to detail Mimaw’s strength and sense of humor. "The smile that she had not only could light up a whole room but it most definitely lit up the entire nursing home,” she writes. “She was my great-grandmother but we were so close that I never knew it was possible that anyone could have the bond that we shared even 70 years a part."
Demi also thanks her fans for their support during this painful time. Over the past year, Demi has mourned the loss of two uncles and two of her beloved pets.
Photo by David Becker/Getty Images via ABCFifth Harmony made a big splash with their debut album Reflections and its smash single "Worth It." But the group thinks that the songs on their brand-new album, 7/27, shows how much they've progressed from that first record.
"I think that just by listening to it for the first time, you guys’ll definitely be able to see the growth, just lyrically," says group member Normani Kordei. "I think that as women we’ve definitely found ourselves, because we’ve been through a lot this year, but also as musicians, and it really translates through the songs."
7/27, which was released, confusingly, on 5/27, was preceded by the single "Work from Home," which has become Fifth Harmony's biggest hit to date. In fact, it's the first song by a girl group to hit the top 10 since 2008.
"When you first hear it -- when we first heard it -- we definitely were, like, connected to the beat and the melody and the music," group member Ally Brooke Hernandez tells ABC Radio. "And I think that’s something that everybody can connect to. And I think it’s something that’s fun, that’s flirty, it’s not taken too seriously."
Fifth Harmony celebrated the album's release on Friday by spending 7 hours and 27 minutes in London touring that city's biggest landmarks, and then meeting with their fans, known as Harmonizers. They appeared on NBC's Today show on Monday and will perform with country star Cam on the CMT Awards on Wednesday, June 8. The 7/27 tour will kick off July 27 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Chuck Hodes/FOXWhen he's not singing hits like "Want to Want Me," Jason Derulo has a side job as a judge on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance. The new season premiered last night, but there's a new twist: it's billed as The Next Generation because all the dancers are between the ages of eight and 13. But Jason says he and his fellow judges -- Paula Abdul, Nigel Lythgoe and teen dancer Maddie Ziegler -- aren't worried that the kids won't be able to take their critical comments.
"It’s super dope," Jason tells ABC Radio about the new season. "I mean these kids are so used to criticism. They’re so used to having their teachers tell them, 'Point your toe! You’re not doing this right! You’re not doing that right!' So like it’s not like they’re not used to positive constructive criticism."
But as Jason notes, that doesn't mean that they're going to go all Simon Cowell on the kids, either.
"You never wanna, you know, tear somebody down," he tells ABC Radio. "So you know it’s the same...for these kids. You know, we’re gonna tell them how it is. We’ve been telling them how it is, but at the same time, they know how to deal with it."
Jason will also be performing on ABC's new music-centric limited series Greatest Hits, with premieres June 30, and he'll close out Good Morning America's summer concert series on September 2.
Parkwood/Columbia2016 is halfway through, so Entertainment Weekly took the opportunity to round up a list of 25 albums that are among the best of the year...so far.
Number one on EW's list is, of course, Beyonce'sLemonade. "Mrs. Carter’s incendiary cracked-marriage confessional proves that pop music can still hold the power of shock and awe," says EW.
Rihanna's long-awaited ANTI is #4, with EW describing it as "wild, woozy R&B." Gwen Stefani'sThis Is What the Truth Feels Like comes in at #11; EW calls the disc "a gorgeously honest chronicle of a very complicated year," which saw the singer get divorced from husband Gavin Rossdale and then fall in love with her fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton.
Mind of Mine, the first solo effort from Zayn Malik, is #17. The publication notes that the former 1D member is "on his way to making his boy-band backstory a mere footnote to his career."
Other albums that made the list include the latest efforts from Kanye West,Radiohead, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar, as well as David Bowie'sBlackstar, which came out just days before the rock legend's death.