ABC/Randy HolmNice try, Sam Smith. The singer attempted to trick his Twitter followers Wednesday with an April Fools’ Day tweet.
“Guys I have some news... I'm straight,” he tweeted. Judging by the comments, not many people believed him. An hour later, Sam confirmed it was just a silly April Fools’ joke.
“April fools,” he wrote, along with a laughing emoji.
All joking aside, Sam is the star British Vogue’s “Today I’m Wearing” feature for the month of April, in which he'll showcase what he’s wearing every day for the entire month. "I feel like Carrie Bradshaw!! So excited about this," Sam tweeted.
On Wednesday, his first look for the feature was posted: a Fred Perry T-shirt under an Emporio Armani cashmere jacket with Topman black skinny jeans.
Brian Bowen SmithRemember Caleb Johnson? The season 13 American Idol winner just announced his first headlining tour.
The singer’s first stop will be a hometown show in Cherokee, North Carolina on May 2. The trek will then make stops in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania, before circling back to North Carolina for a final show in Raleigh on May 27.
Last week, Caleb premiered the official music video for his new single, “Fighting Gravity,” from his 2014 album Testify. Caleb won American Idol last year thanks to his rock-tinged vocals and consistently strong performances. He was the only finalist in the season to never land in the bottom 3.
Epic RecordsIn December, Avril Lavigne hinted online that she was sick, but never went into detail. Now, she's opening up to People magazine: she's suffering from Lyme disease.
Avril tells the magazine she first realized something was wrong in October, when she went to Las Vegas to celebrate her 30th birthday, and felt terrible the whole time. "I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed," she says. "My friends asked, 'What's wrong?' I didn't know."
Soon afterward, Avril was informed she had Lyme disease, which is commonly transmitted via a tick bite. She believes she was bitten by a tick sometime last spring, but tells People, "I had no idea a bug bite could do this. I was bedridden for five months."
Avril has since been out of the spotlight, recuperating at home, and being cared for by her husband -- Nickelback's Chad Kroeger -- and her mom.
"I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move," she says. "I thought I was dying. There were definitely times I couldn't shower for a full week because I could barely stand. It felt like having all your life sucked out of you."
Avril says the support of her fans helped her get through those dark moments, and now she feels "80% better." This month, she's releasing a new single, "Fly," to benefit the Special Olympics.
"This was a wake-up call," she says of her illness. "I really just want to enjoy life from here on out."
Credit Gabriel EncinasIt doesn't seem that long ago that Jason Derulo released "Trumpets," the fifth single from his album Talk Dirty, but now the singer is back with a brand-new single, "Want You to Want Me," from a brand-new album. But Jason says this isn't a case of him rushing a single out to keep the momentum going: it's because to him, all his hits from Talk Dirty feel old.
"Though the album was released a year ago, I did that music two years ago," he says of Talk Dirty, which came out in April of 2014. "So I was just ready to record and start writing again."
Jason's right -- the first single from Talk Dirty, "The Other Side," was released way back in April of 2013, but since songs take a while to heat up and then cool off, by the time he got around to releasing "Trumpets," it was already late 2014. He hopes the new album -- whose title he won't reveal -- will be out this summer.
As for "Want You to Want Me," Jason says the '80s-flavored hit is about what happens when the person you're crushing on doesn't return your affection.
"You know, you could have everything in the world, but if that one person that you want doesn’t want you back then nothing else really matters," he tells ABC Radio. "You know, this feeling, this sense of obsession, almost kind of consumes you, and I wanted to write a song about that feeling."
While Jason is still putting the finishing touches on his album, he says one feeling he won't be expressing is revenge, in the form of a song answering "How 'Bout Now," the diss track that his ex, Jordin Sparks, released last year. While the singer admits that it's "definitely tempting" to do so, he tells ABC Radio that it's "not tempting enough."
"I feel like, you know, it has to stay about the music, it has to stay about the art," he explains. "I have to stay on the more important topics. So, y'know, my life and my relationships, I do talk about them [on the new album], in the light that I wanna talk about it. I can’t let somebody else control what I really wanna say, because of anger."
Look for Jason to join the judges' panel on the new season of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance later this year.
Courtesy of Comedy CentralThe Justin Bieber roast proved to be one of the most popular editions of the Comedy Central series.
The Roast of Justin Bieber was seen by 4.4 million viewers during its premiere Monday night from 10 p.m. to midnight Eastern time, according to Variety.
It ranks as the third-most-watched Comedy Central roast to date, trailing Charlie Sheen's in 2011 -- that one was seen by 6.43 million -- and Jeff Foxworthy's in 2005.
Justin's roast ranked first on social media among all TV shows on Monday, with more than 1.3 million mentions.
The special, which was taped in mid-March, featured Kevin Hart as roast master as well as celebrity roasters including Martha Stewart, Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Hannibal Buress and Jeffrey Ross.
Credit: Jeremy Cowart/WilsonPhillipsMusic.comOf course, Kanye West tapped Paul McCartney to join him and Rihanna on her hit, "FourFiveSeconds," but West also enlisted Wilson Phillips to provide backing vocals on the song.
The group, consisting of sisters Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips, were surprised when Kanye reached out to their manager and asked if they could join him in the studio for the song. "He [Kanye] said, 'When I think of authenticity and I think of angelic, I think of you,'" Carnie recalls for Billboard magazine.
During their first session, Wilson explains, West previewed "FourFiveSeconds," as well as "Only One," his other collaboration with McCartney, and Madonna's "Illuminati."
"He was really shy and he would just smile and he’s real soft-spoken, then all of a sudden when he started playing all these songs, he was dancing around the room," recalls Carnie. "It was just like how Michael Jackson used to be. When he would press play, it was like, out came the artist and the creativity was just really there."
Carnie tells Billboard that Kanye told them to take "FourFiveSeconds" home and work on their vocal harmonies off-site. "We didn’t know if we were singing on a section of the song -- originally it was supposed to be just the bridge," Carnie explains. "He gave us sole freedom to just do what we do. We just went in there and let loose."
Wilson Phillips' vocals can be heard on the bridge, and they're most likely singing on the chorus too.
While Wilson Phillips hasn't started recording their sixth album yet, Carnie says "FourFiveSeconds" co-producer Kuk Harrell suggested that when they do, they should let Kanye produce it. "I would love to see what [Kanye] would have in mind because he thinks outside the box," Carnie tells Billboard.
ABC/Richard HarbaughMiley Cyrus is speaking out against Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The singer used her Instagram page Tuesday to express her anger over the law which critics say could allow business owners in the state to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.
She called the law “unevolved & unjust” and posted a snippet of an article alleging that supporters of the measure have admitted it would allow businesses to refuse service to gay and transgender patrons.
Miley wrote, “THE BIBLE SAYS (if that's what we are realllllly basing a 2015 bill on) ‘the way that you judge others will be the way that you will be judged’ Which I hope is just as harshly and unfair as those apart of Indiana's LGBT community! The fight for freedom isn't over! I won't give up!”
On Tuesday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence encouraged lawmakers in the state "to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses the right to discriminate against anyone."
Miley has been increasing her activism lately. A couple of weeks ago, she wrote a letter urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to devote more funding to helping the state’s homeless young people.
Alex Huckle/Getty ImagesThese are sad times for One Direction fans, and Madame Tussauds London feels their pain. The wax museum has stationed a full-time "Tissue Attendant" near the boy band’s wax likenesses, to dry the tears of emotional fans grieving over Zayn Malik’s departure.
Since Zayn announced he was leaving the band last week, fans have been flocking to the attraction’s One Direction-themed exhibit and crying over the figures of Zayn and band mates Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan.
One of the attendants on duty, Guest Services Assistant Grace Cadden, said the museum recently received a delivery of 150 boxes of tissues “so we’re prepared.”
And don’t worry, Zayn’s wax figure isn’t going anywhere. “I want to reassure fans that we will absolutely not be removing Zayn from our One Direction line up -- all five boys will remain in the attraction as they have been since their arrival in 2013,” Madam Tussauds Marketing Manager Matt Clarkson said in a statement. “We will continue to play their music non-stop in their dedicated setting, and the Tissue Attendant will be on hand when needed.”
The last time Madame Tussauds London appointed a tissue attendant was when the One Direction wax figures were first unveiled two years ago.
Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsWant to learn all there is to know about Britney Spears? There’s a class in Brooklyn, New York, that will teach you, DNAinfo.com reports.
Two friends, Rachel Goldberg and Suri Ratnatunga, started Britney Spears 101, a workshop specifically dedicated to the life and times of the pop star.
The class, held in Rachel's apartment, features a multimedia presentation with GIFs, video clips and more. For $25, students get an overview of Britney’s personal life and career trajectory, including the ups and shaved-head downs. The class also presents an analysis of Britney's place in pop culture and how she’s contributed to the feminist movement. Drinks and Britney-themed snacks, such as "Baby One More Thyme" crackers, are also included in the price.
“Come celebrate the Goddess, Feminist Icon, and Pop Priestess,” the class’ website says.
Rachel and Suri have already hosted a bunch of sessions, which have been attended by a mixture of hardcore Britney fans and people with a more casual interest in the singer. More classes will be added soon, and a maximum of 10 can attend each class.
ABC/Fred LeeTaylor Swift is continuing to make her fans’ dreams come true. After one of her biggest fans launched a Tumblr campaign to try to meet the singer, Taylor granted her wish.
According to E! News, Colleen Sullivan and her pal Tiffany Huang got their own private chat session with Taylor at a recent awards show in Los Angeles. On Sunday morning, Colleen, who had already planned to attend the show with Tiffany, found out that Taylor had followed her on Tumblr. Later that night, at the event, the two girls were taken to meet their idol.
Taylor talked to the girls at her dinner table and posed for photos with them.
Taylor, of course, is known for surprising her fans with personal attention. In the past, she’s sent them Christmas presents, hosted private listening sessions with them for her album 1989, and even offered one heartbroken fan breakup advice.
Ben WattsEd Sheeran won’t be taking a break from touring any time soon. The singer just added more tour dates for the fall.
The second leg to his North American tour will kick off in Houston, Texas on September 3. It’ll run through the month, finishing up in Washington, D.C. on September 23. The first leg of the tour, set to begin May 2 in New Orleans, is already mostly sold out. The new leg will feature Ed headlining stadiums for the first time in the U.S.
Tickets will be available on a pre-sale basis for select dates starting April 6, and available to the general public starting April 10.
Here is the list of newly announced dates:
9/3 -- Houston, TX, BBVA Compass Stadium 9/5 -- Dallas, TX, Toyota Stadium 9/8 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center 9/9 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena 9/10 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 9/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 9/13 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 9/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 9/16 -- Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 9/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 9/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center 9/20 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Center 9/22 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center 9/23 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
Jeff Daly/NBCWell, that was quick: Zayn Malik's first solo song is already out. Sort of.
Before Zayn left One Direction, producer and songwriter Naughty Boy told a British paper he'd been working with the singer on some solo material. Monday, Naughty Boy tweeted a link to a Soundcloud file containing a gentle acoustic track -- obviously in demo form -- titled "I Won't Mind," writing, "let the music do the talking guys. thank us later. :)." The file has since been removed from Soundcloud, though it's available to hear elsewhere.
According to People magazine, the Soundcloud file featured the caption, ""There is nothing but love for what was left behind. That's why we don't mind. ;) #zaughty #zinabad".
One Direction's rep confirms to ABC Radio that it is, in fact, Zayn on the track.
Before he posted the song, Naughty Boy had gotten into a Twitter battle with 1D's Louis Tomlinson, who accused the producer of "winding fans up" by retweeting a video that claimed "Naughty Boy saved Zaughty" and "Zaughty will rise." Louis responded by calling the producer "inconsiderate" and telling him to "grow up."
Naughty Boy thought Louis was referring to a tweet that he'd posted in 2012 insulting someone named "Louis" -- in this case, The X Factor judge Louis Walsh -- and told Louis to calm down. Louis responded, "I was talking about the video you tweeted. Clearly trying to wind the fans up ! Well you succeeded anyway."
Naughty Boy responded, "when ur gettin hate for some thing u didn't do, a bit of love can go a long way, that's why I retweeted, time will tell the real story guys."
ABC/Lou RoccoParamore frontwoman Hayley Williams is known as much for her unique style as her powerful voice. Now the singer has taken to the Web to start her own online series, called Kiss Off, which focuses on both music and beauty.
The series features Hayley's longtime hair and makeup person, Brian O'Connor, who together show fans how to create some looks Haley's admired from movies, music and film. The singer begins the episode completely makeup-free, and then she and Brian build the look from there.
In the first episode, she and Brian recreate a wild look from the 1982 cult movie Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, starring Laura Dern and Diane Lane as members of the titular female punk rock band. Members of The Clash and The Tubes also appeared in the film.
Image Group LA/ABCIggy Azalea postponed her Great Escape tour earlier this month after splitting with her tour producer over "creative differences," according to Billboard. Now, the publication reports that the rapper is looking forward to rescheduled dates now that she's got someone in her corner who really gets what she wants to do.
Iggy has partnered with Baz Halpin, the production designer who put together Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show, and Britney Spears' Vegas show Piece of Me. He's also worked with Taylor Swift and Pink, among others. "It's been great working with a new person who really understands my vision," Iggy tells Billboard. "It's taken some of the workload off me that he's able to understand what I'm trying to achieve instead of battling it, or it being lost in translation."
So what can fans expect from the tour, which will now kick off in the fall? "It's going to be maybe a bit like Blade Runner, full of dark and '80s ridiculous fare but not in a cliché way," she explains.
"With Baz, I really don't have to say it; he's thinking what I'm thinking, and it's great. I'm super-excited about the tour," she adds.
Nick Jonas was originally going to open for Iggy; she's expected to announce a new opening act soon.
Peter YangJustinBieber's singing career, his brushes with the law and his former girlfriend Selena Gomez were among the obvious targets of jokes delivered by a number of celebrities during Monday night's much-anticipated Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber.
The roast featured an eclectic roster of celebrities taking turns poking fun at The Bieb, including comedians Natasha Leggero,Jeff Ross and Hannibal Buress, Undateable star Chris D’Elia, Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, rappers Ludacris and Snoop Dogg, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart and host, actor/comedian Kevin Hart.
Here are some of the evening’s highlights:
D'Elia, whom Bieber calls his “favorite comedian,” kidded the singer about his blue suit and his hairstyle. “For a guy worth $200 million, why are you dressed like Sharon Stone in the 90s,” D'Elia joked. The actor and stand-up comic said of Bieber, “You have it all...except for respect, love, friends, good parents and a Grammy.”
Hart joked that “Ebola patients hear about ‘Bieber fever’ and say, ‘I’m gonna go ahead and ride this one out.’”
Ross joked that he “never roasted somebody with a bedtime before.” He also joked about Bieber’s on-again-off-again romance with Gomez, noting she “wanted to be here, but she’s dating men now.” After telling the singer, “You have such a huge career behind you,” Ross closed by saying, “You know what Biebs, you’re right. You’re young, talented, you’re famous and that can be a lot of pressure, but you’re a smart man with a good heart and I know you’ll never end up like Kurt Cobain or Amy Winehouse -- respected.”
Shag joked, “Justin, as a father of six you have to straighten up, son. Last year, you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t rank that low. And he uses your music to torture people.”
Martha Stewart told the singer, “Justin, I’m sure it’s great to have 60 million followers on Twitter, but the only place people will be following you in jail is into the shower.”
Will Ferrell, appearing as his Ron Burgundy character from Anchorman, defended Bieber’s numerous brushes with the law, by declaring the pop star is “doing it right.” He then ran down all the incidents, noting, “This kid has spunk, moxie and probably a few other STDs.”
Justin fired back at a number of the roasters and told the audience, "I turned a lot of people off the past few years but I know I can still turn out good music and turn everything around. You have my word I will not end up broken, pathetic, bitter or sitting on the dais of somebody else's roast."
The singer then got serious. He said he was “thrown into this at 12 years old” and that he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. He then apologized for his past behavior, declaring, “I’m a kindhearted person who loves people, and though it all, I lost some of my best qualities.” He added that he’s “looking forward to being someone that you guys can all look at and be proud of.”
Monty Brinton/CBSSam Smith won four Grammys nearly two months ago, but he says he still can't believe that it happened -- mostly because the Recording Academy hasn't actually sent him his trophies yet. And when they do, he says, he wants to come up with a very unique way to display them.
See, the Grammys you see artists posing with backstage the night of the show are just props: the real ones, with the names and categories engraved on them, are shipped to the artists later. Speaking to London's Capital FM radio, Sam said, "It's very surreal. I'm still trying to get used to it in my head. I haven't actually got them. It's hard for me to think of myself as a Grammy Award-winner without the Grammys."
Asked if he has a special place all picked out to display his shiny new hardware, Sam laughed, "No, I wanna think of somewhere funny. I don't wanna just put them up. I wanna use 'em as, like, a doorstop, or a toothbrush holder or something."
During the interview Sam also addressed the recent rumors that Tom Cruise had reached out to his team because the actor wants to make Sam a star. Sam said he only heard about that when he saw a news story about it on his phone, and he was really excited that it might actually be true.
"I immediately got through to my management and I was like, 'Please tell me you [just] haven't told me [yet] about the Tom Cruise thing,'" Sam laughed. "And they're like, 'Sam, we haven't heard anything!' I was like, "Awww!"
He explained that, while he doesn't want a career on the silver screen, he was flattered to think someone was convinced he'd be good at it.
"I'd never be an actor but just....I want to be offered, you know?" he said.
But if he did appear in a movie, the interviewer asked, what kind of role could he see himself playing? A romantic lead? An action hero?
"I think I'd be like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman!" Sam laughed. "Or Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge."
NBCThe Voice aired the last of the Knockouts on Monday night. The two-hour episode concluded with Christina Aguilera stealing an artist from Adam Levine.
The top 20 is now set heading into next week's Live Playoffs, with five artists each on the teams led by Christina, Adam, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams.
Here's what happened on Monday night's episode, which featured fun. singer Nate Ruess as a guest adviser:
Team Adam's Barry Minniefield and Tonya Boyd-Cannon opened the broadcast. Tonya sang "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder, while Barry performed Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love."
Blake said the two worked well together as a musical act. Christina called the artists "crazy talented." Adam said no one appreciates the opportunity more than Tonya. Adam declared Tonya the winner. Barry was eliminated.
Blake paired Brooke Adee with Kelsie May. Kelsie covered an early Taylor Swift hit, "Tim McGraw," and Brooke took on "Electric Feel" by MGMT. Nate suggested to Brooke during rehearsals that she take more ownership of the stage.
After both artists showed off their talent to the coaches, Adam commented that they are evenly matched. Pharrell added that it would be tough for Blake to lose either of them. Blake said Brooke still needed to work on being comfortable on stage. He still chose her over Kelsie, who was dismissed.
India Carney and Joe Tolo were next up for Team Christina. India selected Jessie J's "Big White Room." Joe went with Joan Osborne's 1990s hit "One of Us."
Pharrell said they both experienced "breakthrough moments." Blake complimented Joe on his powerful voice, but he felt India won the Knockout. Christina named India the winner. Joe is out of the competition.
Jacob Rummell and Lowell Oakley faced off for Team Pharrell. Lowell crooned The Temptations classic "My Girl." Jacob belted out Shawn Mendes' "Life Of The Party."
Christina said Jacob's notes were well-executed, and that she was caught off-guard by Lowell's "pre-calculated" singing. Pharrell told Jacob he was always looking to see if Jacob could drop to a lower octave. He added that Lowell's rehearsal was better than his performance on The Voice stage. He picked Lowell as the winner. Jacob went home.
Team Christina's final Knockout featured Rob Taylor and TreevaGibson. Rob performed Al Green's "Love and Happiness," a choice that Nate praised given his falsettos. Treeva tackled "Chasing Pavements" by Adele. Nate sang it for her to demonstrate how to move to the lyrics.
Adam loved how animated Rob was. Blake raved about the way Rob began his performance. Christina complimented Treeva on taking "a leap" with her effort, and Rob for making the song his own. Rob advanced in the competition. It was the end of the road for Treeva.
In the final Knockout, Joshua Davis was matched with Lexi Dávila for Team Adam. Joshua played Amos Lee's "Arms of a Woman." Nate and Adam both advised him to tone down his growl a bit. Lexi decided on Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen."
Blake said Lexi really turned it on during the second half of her performance. He then drew a laugh by saying he wanted to spoon with Joshua because Joshua delivered his best vocals to date. Joshua won the Knockout, but Christina stole Lexi.
On Tuesday night, NBC will air a recap show featuring top moments from the current season and previously unseen footage of the coaches. The Live Playoffs begin next Monday night.
Here's a rundown of the remaining artists in the competition:
Team Adam: Brian Johnson, Deanna Johnson, Joshua Davis, Nathan Hermida, Tonya Boyd-Cannon.
Team Blake: Brooke Adee, Corey Kent White, Hannah Kirby, Meghan Linsey, Sarah Potenza.
Team Christina: India Carney, Kimberly Nichole, Rob Taylor, Sonic, Lexi Dávila.
Team Pharrell: Caitlin Caporale, Koryn Hawthorne, Lowell Oakley, Mia Z, Sawyer Fredericks.
Cliff Lipson/CBSEd Sheeran has co-written a song with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for this year’s Food Revolution Day campaign, which seeks to promote healthier diets for youngsters around the world.
Jamie revealed during a recent interview with an Australian radio show that he recently collaborated with the 24-year-old British pop star, and also managed to get the legendary Paul McCartney to lend his talents to the track.
According to Jamie, the former Beatles member contributed some of his own lyrics to the star-studded anthem, and also plays bass on the song. Jamie said Ed, "set me to task to go and get the rest of the band together, so I [asked Paul], 'Will you lay down bass and do some lyrics?' and he said, 'Yes!'"
Jamie reported that Paul already had sent over the tracks he worked on. The chef also revealed that Coldplay's Chris Martin had agreed to add some keyboards to the song, which he's planning to release in early May as part of a viral campaign ahead of Food Revolution Day on May 15.
The focus of the 2015 Food Revolution Day initiative is to get people around the world to sign a petition declaring that "it's a child's human right to have practical food education in school."
Brian Bowen Smith/NBC, ABC/Kelsey McNealChristina Aguilera and Nick Jonas are going country…sort of. The pop stars have been added to the lineup of performers at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards set to air on April 19.
Nick will be performing with Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Dan Shay, and Christina will duet with a surprise artist. Christina’s ACM performance will come just days after her April 15 debut on ABC’s Nashville as a pop star hoping to make a country album.
Christina's fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton and country singer Luke Bryan will co-host the awards, airing Sunday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.