PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsSure, any pop star can have their own house, their own car...even their own restaurant. But how many can boast that they've got their very own island? Soon, Justin Bieber will be able to make that claim.
Billboardreports that when Justin visits Australia later this month, one of the promotional stunts he'll do to hype his new album is perform on a custom-made island, dubbed "Bieber Island," floating in Sydney Harbor. That will take place September 30. His three-day trip Down Under will also include a visit to Melbourne.
Justin was most recently in Australia in June, when he attended a five-day event organized by Hillsong, a Pentecostal Australian mega-church.
In other Bieber news, his new single "What Do You Mean" has become his first-ever #1 hit in the U.K. It's also his fastest-selling single ever there. On Friday, Justin posted a photo of himself holding up a sign saying that the song has gone to #1 in 90 countries. He captioned it, "Thank you. Means a lot."
"What Do You Mean" is the first single from Justin's upcoming new album, due November 13.
Denise TruscelloIt's not like President Obama has a lot going on right now...just ISIS, the Iran nuclear deal and gun violence. So of course, he'll pay attention to a new White House petition to get Britney Spears to stay in Las Vegas, right?
As the Las Vegas Review-Journalreports, someone has actually started an official White House petition designed to compel Britney to remain in Vegas doing her show Piece of Me. "We petition the Obama Administration to Keep Britney Spears in Las Vegas," reads the title of the document.
It then goes on to state, "It has come to our attention, as the citizens of this United States, that Ms. Britney Spears will potentially no longer be performing her now iconic Piece Of Me show in Las Vegas, NV. As one of the largest and most prominent recording artists in the world, Ms. Spears and her show serve as an exemplary display of American popular culture."
It continues, "After two years of inspiring fans from all over the world, Britney has an obligation as a national icon to continue her Vegas residency. We the people urge the Obama administration to address this issue and demand Britney Spears sign for another two years in Las Vegas."
Piece of Me is scheduled to wrap up New Year's weekend, and Britney recently told E! she's not sure if she'll renew for more performances. ""I haven't made up my mind. I really love doing the show," she said. "It's a lot of fun but I'm kind of torn right now. I don't really know what I want to do."
At press time, the petition has so far attracted 720 signatures. It needs more than 99,000 more to get the White House to consider it. You have until October 3 to make your voice heard.
Capitol RecordsSam Smith's debut album In the Lonely Hour has just made chart history in his native U.K.
The Grammy-winning disc has racked up its 67th straight week in the top 10 of the British album chart, the longest unbroken run ever for a debut album. It's been lodged in top ten since May 2014, when it was first released, debuting at #1.
The previous record of 66 weeks was set by British singer Emeli Sande's album Our Version of Events, which stayed in the top 10 from February of 2012 through May of 2013. Before that, the Beatles held the record for nearly 50 years: 62 weeks for their album Please Please Me.
In a statement, Sam told Britain's Official Charts Company, 'What can I even say to this? I am completely and utterly moved and overwhelmed at this achievement." He added, 'I am forever thankful to my team but most importantly to the British public for making this happen and buying my album. This moment is one to tell the grandkids and maybe their grandkids."
In the Lonely Hour has sold 8.5 million copies worldwide. In the U.K., it's spun off four top-10 hits, including "Stay with Me."
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for MTVIggy Azalea has taken to Twitter to clarify comments made by her friend Demi Lovato to MTV about their upcoming collaboration. Despite what you may have heard, the rapper says she didn't record her part of the song without ever hearing it.
Speaking about the track, called "Kingdom Come," Demi told MTV," “I called [Iggy] and was like, ’Hey will you do a song?’. And she’s like, ’Yeah sure I’ll go into the studio tonight.' I was like, ’Do you want to hear it first?’ She’s like, ’No it’s cool.'”
Demi said of the end result, "I was a fan of her before we were friends, so I feel like I knew what it would sound like. And I was just excited to hear it back, it was so much more than I even expected.”
MTV's headline on that story was, "Iggy Azalea Recorded Her Verse For Demi Lovato Without Ever Hearing The Song." But Iggy says that's simply not true.
"I think someone that interviewed demi wrote an article that says i wrote kingdom come without ever hearing the music. lol," she tweeted. "She meant i agreed to do the song without having heard it first, not that i recorded and wrote it [without] song and music. thats impossible. VERY cool... hahaha. BUT, impossible."
That song will be on Demi's upcoming album Confident. Meanwhile, Iggy has some plans for her next album.
"I have decided i will release a buzz track & video fairly soon so my fans can get an understanding of what this new album sounds/looks like," she tweeted. "To answer some questions ive seen pop up: No, its not going to be my first single. it is intended only as an introduction."
She then clarified, "How soon is soon?... Its soon enough for me to mention its happening with certainty. ;-) :-)." She also said the track would be called "Zillion."
Christie GoodwinNice work if you can get it: Based on new estimates, Ed Sheeran is so successful that he's pulling in the equivalent of about 23,000 bucks per day.
The British paper The Sunsays that according to figures filed by his company, Ed Sheeran Limited, the "Photograph" singer made a little under nine million dollars in pre-tax profits last year, and that works out to just under $23,000 per day.
It's no wonder Ed's raking in the cash. His album, X(Multiply), has been a worldwide hit, and his tour's packing huge venues, like Wembley Stadium. What's more, The Sun reports Ed's doubled his earnings in the past 12 months -- at the end of 2013, he'd "only" made 4.5 million bucks.
Now that he's got all that cash, what's Ed spending it on? A new girlfriend, perhaps? The Sun reports that he was seen earlier this week in New York City taking in a Mets game with Cherry Seaborn, an old friend of his from school who now lives in the U.S. While she's gorgeous, the paper says the two are strictly platonic.
In a recent interview, Ed said, "I've got one of my best friends from home, who I grew up opposite, she's on tour with me, so it's nice to have her, she's, like, grounding." It's not clear if he was talking about Cherry, though.
Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Jeffrey Mayer/WireImagePink wasn't crazy about last weekend's MTV VMAs, but when she stated her opinion on Twitter, she inadvertently caused one of the show's performers, Demi Lovato, to take offense.
In a post on her private Instagram page, which has been excerpted by several outlets, Pink allegedly wrote that the MTV Video Music Awards made her "sad," explaining, "Music is supposed to inspire. It saved my life. This trash won't save any kids [sic] life. In a world that is even scarier and with lives still worth saving, who will stand up and have soul? Disenfranchised to say the least. Let down by my industry and peers."
She then allegedly wrote that besides Macklemore, Pharrell, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and Tori Kelly, the show was "gross and embarrassing and hard for this aging pop star to believe."
When news of her comments became public, Demi Lovato, who performed her song "Cool for the Summer" during the show, took them personally. "Cool For The Summer may not 'save kid's lives' or 'inspire' but I'd say Skyscraper & Warrior have done a pretty good job of helping people cope with mental illness," she tweeted, naming two of her own songs.
She added, "VMA's are sexy and fun. There's a time and place for everything."
Pink then publicly responded via Twitter, "Please look for a feud elsewhere. I have no issue with Demi Lovato or anyone else. I actually forgot she performed. I have opinions. MANY." She added, "I stand by what I said. However, I didn't intend for the angry people of the world to latch on and make it into something it isn't. Peace."
Pink then continued, "You know, this is part of why I'm sad about the VMas and the world in general. Everyone is so nasty and waiting for a fight. I never said anything about Demi Lovato or called out anyone. I was talking to a friend in response to his disappointment about the show. I agree w him."
The singer finished by stating, "You can make this into whatever you like, cause that's who we are now, I guess. I'm out. In other news, it's gonna be a beautiful day, I hope you look up from your keyboards and enjoy it."
EA Dyson (Friends of the Earth)/United NationsSeanPaul,Jon Bon Jovi, Colbie Caillat and Natasha Bedingfield are just a few of the artists lending their talents to a new song supporting a United Nations call for world governments to sign a climate change agreement this December.
"Love Song to the Earth" is available now on iTunes and will hit all major music distribution outlets next Friday, September 11. The song, co-written by Sean and Natasha also features contributions from Leona Lewis, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, former Voice contestant Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Nicole Scherzinger, among many others. The artists will donate their proceeds to Friends of the Earth U.S. and the United Nations Foundation.
The song is part of a campaign to put pressure on world leaders to sign a global agreement on climate change at the annual Conference of Parties meeting in Paris this December.
"We wanted to write a song that is about how when you love something, you look after it," says Natasha in a statement. "With this song we wanted to talk about the environment in a way that would help people feel empowered to do something rather than be paralyzed by fear."
A lyric video, including environmental footage and appearances by some of the musicians is expected next week.
Mark Hunter The ladies of Little Mix are taking their talents to America’s Got Talent. The British girl group will be performing their single “Black Magic” during the NBC competition series’ results show on Wednesday, September 9.
They’ll be accompanied by acrobatic gymnasts -- and former AGT finalists -- AcroArmy for the performance. The show will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City at 8 p.m. ET.
Little Mix most recently performed at the Teen Choice Awards and on NBC’s Today show as part of the Toyota Summer Concert series. Their new album, Get Weird, comes out November 6.
Ethan Mller/Getty Images via ABCHot on the heels of the release of his new single "Levels," Nick Jonas is kicking off a solo headlining tour this Sunday, and he says he's as excited to check out the audience as they are to see him. As he tells ABC Radio, "I’m really interested to see who the fans are now."
Thanks to his smash hit "Jealous" and his warmly received self-titled solo album, Nick has attracted millions of new fans, adding to those who were already fans of his from his time with the Jonas Brothers. "I think a lot of them came with me from the time with my brothers, but [there are] a lot of new fans and it’ll be a great time to get out there and just play and have some fun," he says.
As for what we can expect from the tour in terms of production and staging, Nick says if you've seen him perform at award shows or on TV over the past year, you've gotten a bit of a sneak preview.
"You know, I’ve had the chance to really dial in to what I want the performance to be on this tour, having done a lot of these awards shows and other performances where you can do a really big scale production for a one-song performance," he explains. "So finding a way to transition some of that into the tour over the course of an hour-and-a-half of playing is gonna be the goal."
As for what songs he'll be playing, Nick says classic Jonas Brothers tunes may not be in the setlist, or the music he made with his side project Nick Jonas & the Administration.
"I will probably stick to a lot of my stuff," he tells ABC Radio. "Maybe if I play something from the past it’s something that I wrote solely by myself. You know, I think it is a really great time, though, to define myself as a solo artist now and what that means to me."
Meanwhile, inquiring minds want to know: is Nick a diva when it comes to his tour rider -- his list of backstage demands? No, especially since it's important for him to stay in shape for his role as an MMA fighter on the TV series Kingdom.
"It’s kinda boring," he admit. "A lot of nuts, you know, just like Gatorade and water. Um, I’ve got some beers on there for when I’m feeling like kicking back a little bit, but mostly it’s the healthy stuff."
Nick's tour comes a day after he headlines the Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia on Saturday. Right now, the tour is scheduled to run through September 29. Then, Nick heads to Canada to open for Kelly Clarkson.
Francis Specker/CBSSam Smith's next album -- the follow-up to his Grammy-winning debut In the Lonely Hour -- is highly-anticipated, and the singer has already started working on it. But even though there are plenty of musicians out there dying to collaborate with him, Sam says he doesn't think he'll have any special guests on the record. As he puts it, "I feel like the album's my voice."
In an interview with BBC Radio 2, Sam explains why he's willing to sing with other artists, but not on his own records. "I adore [Amy] Winehouse records, and Adele records, and if you go back to even Etta James records and Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan, and I love how their album is just them, I think that's important."
"I like to collaborate, I think it's an amazing thing," he adds. "But I kind of like to do it outside of the album. I feel like the album's my voice, I should tell a story, so I don't think so. But I will collaborate." Of course, Sam has done so already, with people like Mary J. Blige and John Legend.
Sam says that like In the Lonely Hour, his next album is shaping up to be more melancholy than happy -- because he just can't help himself. However, it'll be about a different kind of melancholy than his debut.
"It's not gonna be about loneliness, that's all I know, he tells BBC Radio 2. " I'm just trying to live my life and just see what happens, but I've already managed to write some pretty sad things."
As for whether the songs will mostly be about relationships, like the songs on In the Lonely Hour, Sam says, "One song already could be, yes. I need to get with someone first for it to be about a relationship, so I'm just gonna try and kiss loads of boys over the next year!"
Sam is currently overseas, but he'll be back in the U.S. later this month for some festival dates.
Rhythm Nation/BMGJanetJackson has released the title track of her first album in seven years.
"Unbreakable," was posted to YouTube late Thursday. "I've lived through my mistakes, it's just a part of growing," Janet coos before the song breaks into a smooth, mid-tempo groove.
Earlier on Thursday the singer unveiled the album's cover and track list which includes guest appearances by J. Cole on the chart-topping lead single, "No Sleeep" and Missy Elliott on "Burnitup!," the song Janet debuted on the first night of her tour in Vancouver earlier this week.
Unbreakable will be available in stores October 2 via Rhythm Nation/BMG. It's available for pre-order in iTunes now.
Big Machine RecordsIt’s snot what you think! Taylor Swift was not doing cocaine backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards -- she was just blowing her nose.
The ridiculous rumors started swirling after a video titled “Taylor Swift Doing Coke?” made the rounds online. The clip from the show’s backstage livestream shows Taylor walking through a corridor with a group of assistants. At one point, one of them hands her something and the rest of her entourage forms a wall around her as she puts something to her nose. A loud sniffling sound can be heard.
Upon closer inspection by Gawker, though, no drugs were involved in that exchange. Taylor was a handed a tissue and that sniffling sound was the singer blowing her nose. Gawker also reached out to Taylor’s publicist, who confirmed Taylor was just clearing her nasal passages. So why the protective human shield? She apparently didn’t want to be seen getting rid of her boogers on camera.
Taylor just can’t seem to catch a break. Earlier this week, she was also accused of passing gas on camera during the VMA pre-show. As she introduced her new video “Wildest Dreams,” a fart-like noise can be heard.
But according to MTV, the noise came from a production microphone. “There was absolutely no possibility of it being Taylor or anyone in her party’s microphones picking up ambient sounds,” the MTV spokesperson said.
Fox/Columbia RecordsThe second season of Fox’s Empire premieres later this month, but we’ve already got a taste of the music. Fox officially debuted a song from the show’s soundtrack featuring Pitbull, who co-wrote the tune with Ne-Yo.
The song, an upbeat party jam called “No Doubt About It,” also features Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the show. Pitbull is set to guest star on an episode of Empire this season. Ne-Yo, meanwhile, joined the show’s musical team back in May.
Another track called “Aint About the Money” was also released, featuring Jussie and Yazz, who plays Jamal’s brother Hakeem Lyon.
The second season of Empire is set to premiere on Wednesday, September 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 2 Volume 1 will be released later this year.
PRMD Music/Island RecordsAvicii may have cancelled the rest of his tour dates for this year, but he’s still got two new music videos to share. The Swedish producer/DJ co-directed both of the visuals for his singles “For A Better Day” and “Pure Grinding.”
The videos, which were filmed in Hungary this summer, feature underlying social themes and violent imagery. In the “For a Better Day” video, Avicii tackles the issue of child trafficking.
“The promise of a better life often traps families and children into being used as tools for some of the most despicable people on earth,” he says. “It’s an issue about which I hope to start a louder discussion, especially now with the huge number of families on the move from war torn countries looking for safety and shelter.”
The video for “Pure Grinding” was inspired by the work of Italian director Sergio Leone and contrasts the life of a violent gang member with a man who works hard but can’t pay his bills.
Avicii's 14-track sophomore album Stories will be released on October 2. He announced this week that he’s pushing all of his remaining tour dates to next year in order to give himself "a well deserved break," according to a statement provided to Billboard.
ABC/Randy Holmes Selena Gomez will be appearing with fellow former Disney star Zac Efron in Neighbors 2, the sequel to the hit 2014 comedy.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Selena will be playing a sorority sister in the film. She was snapped on the Atlanta set wearing a tight pink dress while shooting a scene where her sorority sisters surprise her with a new red car.
The film also stars Seth Rogen, who, if you’ll remember, publicly dissed Selena’s ex Justin Bieber in the past.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising will hit theaters in May of next year. While the first film had new parents Mac and Kelly -- played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne -- contending with the fraternity next door, the sequel has them dealing with a raucous sorority.
ABC/Lou RoccoEarlier this year, Rihanna became the first-ever black spokeswoman to star in Dior's "Secret Garden IV" campaign. Now, the singer has returned for a new shoot for the iconic fashion house.
Rihanna's shared peek at the photos on Instagram, all of which will be featured in a new issue of Dior Magazine.
In the stunning pics, shot by British fashion photographer Craig McDean, she dons a mulit-colored geometric bodysuit while stretching across an translucent chair. In other shots, the red-haired singer rocks a seemingly see-through black dress. "All @Dior errthang!" she captioned one snap.
Back in March, Rihanna revealed what it means to be selected to front Dior's campaign. "It feels fantastic," the singer told MTV News. "It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any color, I think, to be acknowledged by Dior."
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteThe last song Demi Lovato recorded for her new album, Confident, took on a very personal matter: her father’s death. Demi tells Billboard the song, called “Father,” might surprise her fans.
“I get very, very honest about the passing of my dad,” Demi says. “My fans expect me to be honest, [but] what I think that people in general aren’t going to expect is the way that I sing the song. I took it more to a soulful, gospel kind of sound, and it’s the song that I think I might be most proud of on the album.”
Demi’s dad, Patrick, passed away in 2013. He had reportedly battled cancer and also suffered from mental illness.
"My father and I didn't have the most ideal relationship, but at the end of the day he's still my dad and I grew up with him," Demi previously told ABC’s Good Morning America. "And he's a wonderful person."
Demi, who's also struggled with mental illness, launched the Lovato Treatment Scholarship Program shortly after her dad’s passing. The program aims to help others dealing with similar issues.
ABC/Kelsey McNealWill we be getting a new Ariana Grande album next month? The singer hints that her upcoming album, Moonlight, will be debuting in October.
“Babies i'm so excited for the nearby future... (also embracing and loving the present)... but I'm really effing excited for the near future,” she tweets, before cryptically adding, “Personally...... I consider October ‘nearby future.’”
She continues, “I am not teasing!!! I promised y'all I would always tell you as much as I could as soon as I could.”
In a now-deleted tweet, Ariana seemed to confirm the release month, writing, “But yes….the [moon emoji] festivities begin in October.”
A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LALady Gaga said she was giving “all of herself” to her role in American Horror Story: Hotel, and she wasn’t kidding. Show creator Ryan Murphy tells Entertainment Weekly Gaga was positively fearless when it came to her sex scenes.
“She’s the only actress I think I’ve worked with who wanted to do more explicit stuff than was written,” Ryan says. “You write a foursome for her and you expect a lot of questions. She never did that.”
In fact, it was clear from the moment Gaga showed up on set that she had no qualms about the risqué material.
“She showed up and she was wearing diamond pasties, a Band-Aid on her hoo-ha, heels, and a black veil that Alexander McQueen made for her on the day before his death,” Ryan says. “Then the crew gasped in delight and we were off!”
The foursome reportedly involves Gaga’s character, The Countess, and her lover Donovan -- played by Matt Bomer -- getting naked with another male-female duo. After their tryst, The Countess and Donovan slash the couple’s throats with sharp metal gloves and drink their blood. Sounds...intense.
American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX October 7.