Earlier this month, Alicia Keys teased a snippet of new music in her Levi's commercial but now she's released the full-length version of her new song, "28 Thousand Days."
"I've been dyin' to share this new music with you! Live everyday like its your last!!" AK tweeted before adding the YouTube link.
In the song, Alicia urges women from all walks of life to make the most of their life spans, which average 28 thousand days or 76 years.
"There’s only 28,000 days / Who would you love, where would you go, what would you celebrate / I’m tellin’ you that life’s too short to just throw it away / So have the time of your life," she sings on the powerful song.
The new offering is just a taste of what Alicia is cooking up on her first album since 2012’s Girl on Fire, which will include production from her husband, Swizz Beatz, and Pharrell.
Matthew Welch Carly Rae Jepsen wasn’t lying when she said her new album would be heavily ‘80s influenced. She debuted the latest track from the upcoming Emotion, and it’s pure ‘80s-style synthpop.
The song, called “Warm Blood,” features Carly’s breathy vocals over a danceable electronic beat.
She sings, “Warm blood feels good, I can’t control it anymore/ Sweet one, you should stop me there but I keep on talking/ I would throw in the towel for you, boy/ Cause you lift me up and catch me when I’m falling for you.”
So far, Carly’s released five songs from her second album, including “I Really Like You,” “Run Away with Me,” “Your Type,” and the title track. Emotion arrives August 21.
In an interview with The New York Times, Carly says she was initially recording a folkier pop album, but she ditched that in favor of a more electronic sound. She says she wants to continue to push boundaries with her music.
“I want to go even weirder on the next album,” she says. “My desire now is to see how far I can stretch pop.”
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCSorry, haters. There’s no “Bad Blood” between Taylor Swift and her besties. Taylor’s model pals Gigi Hadid and Martha Hunt came to the singer’s defense recently after indie singer Edward Droste tweeted a less-than-flattering tabloid article about the star.
The article claims Taylor is a controlling friend and has a list of demands before any of her pals join her on stage. It even says that Gigi was “talking trash behind Taylor’s back.”
Edward, a member of the band Grizzly Bear, posted a picture of the tabloid item and wrote, “Obsessed that people are catching on.”
Gigi and Martha quickly chimed in to set the record straight. “lol that's the biggest load of bs. ‘Swift insider’ HA you wish you knew,” Gigi tweeted in response to Edward’s post. “Stop trying to create drama where there is none.”
Martha added, “Bull****. The day I met her I was impressed how open of a heart she had and she has remained that way since. Don't knock her.”
Rob ThackerAmerican Idol season 7 winner David Cook's been out of the spotlight for a while, but now he's back with a new album, new single and a newly announced headlining tour.
The album, Digital Vein, will be released September 18 on his own Analog Heart label. Analog Heart was the title of David's pre-Idol debut solo album, which came out in 2006. The disc's first single, "Criminals," is now streaming on USA Today, and you can get it as an instant download when you pre-order Digital Vein on iTunes. A deluxe version of the album with three bonus tracks is also available for pre-order.
David teamed with PledgeMusic to make Digital Vein, which includes a version of Chris Isaak's song "Wicked Game." He produced every track on the album himself except for one, called "Laying Me Low." He tells USA Today, "I started making a record not knowing if I was making a record or knowing if I was going to finish said record. Now, I can honestly say I've never had more fun making a record."
Digital Vein is David's first album since 2011's This Loud Morning.
The singer's tour will kick off September 20 in Phoenix, Arizona. Tickets go on sale August 4. Here are the tour dates:
09/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, MIM Music Theatre 10/02 -- San Diego, CA, The Music Box 10/04 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour 10/06 -- Napa, CA, City Winery 10/07 -- San Francisco, CA, The Chapel 10/08 -- Grants Pass, OR, Rogue Theatre 10/09 -- Eugene, OR, HiFi Music Hall 10/11 -- Seattle, WA, Tractor Tavern 10/12 -- Spokane, WA, The Bing Crosby Theatre 10/15 -- Denver, CO, The Soiled Dove 10/18 -- Omaha, NE, Slowdown 10/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Cedar 10/23 -- Chicago, IL, The Abbey 10/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, The Vogue 10/28 -- Nashville, TN, 3rd and Lindsley 10/29 -- Newport, KY, Southgate House Revival 10/30 -- Watseka, IL, The Watseka Theatre 11/02 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 11/03 -- Washington, D.C., The Hamilton 11/05 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Hall 11/06 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Hall 11/07 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre 11/08 -- Newton, NJ, Newton Theatre 11/10 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café at Steel Stacks 11/11 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café Live 11/12 -- Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theatre 11/14 -- Charlotte, NC, Neighborhood Theatre 11/17 -- New Orleans, LA, The Parish at House of Blues 11/18 -- Houston, TX, Dosey Doe Music Café 11/19 -- Austin, TX, One World Theatre 11/20 -- Dallas, TX, The Kessler Theater 11/21 -- Tulsa, OK, The Vanguard
Nick Walker/CherryTree/InterscopeA few days after releasing their new Sam Smith collaboration “Omen,” Disclosurerevealed the star-studded track list for their sophomore album, Caracal.
The British electronic duo teams up with Lorde on a song called “Magnets.” The Weeknd is featured on a song called “Nocturnal,” which is the first track on the album.
The 14-song follow-up to their 2013 debut, Settle, is due out September 25. “Omen” was released on Monday as the second single from the new album. Disclosure and Sam worked together on last year’s breakout hit, “Latch.”
Here is the full track list:
"Nocturnal" ft. The Weeknd "Omen" ft. Sam Smith "Holding On" ft. Gregory Porter "Hourglass" ft. Lion Babe "Willing & Able" ft. Kwabs "Magnets" ft. Lorde "Jaded" "Good Intentions" ft. Miguel "Superego" ft. Nao "Echoes" "Masterpiece" ft. Jordan Rakei "Molecules" "Moving Mountains" ft. Brendan Riley "Afterthought"
Mark Cant/Fox It seems Mariah Carey and her billionaire beau James Packer are inseparable these days. According to E! News, the couple, along with Mariah’s children, will be staying in a $30 million home in Malibu for the next several weeks on an Airbnb rental.
The four-bedroom, four-bathroom beachfront property is costing them about $10,000 a day to rent. The home reportedly includes a private master suite with a fireplace, a master bath with steam room facing the ocean, a gourmet open kitchen, an indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi and a two-bedroom guest cottage.
A source tells E! that Mariah arrived earlier this week and has already “fallen in love” with the place. James is expected to join her shortly.
"Mariah's on a break from her Vegas show and really looking forward to relaxing," the source says.
The property is located in the exclusive Carbon Beach neighborhood of Malibu, which counts movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg as a resident.
ABC/Randy Holmes Selena Gomez is coming to The Voice. The singer will reportedly appear on season nine of the NBC singing competition series as a mentor to Gwen Stefani’s team.
A source tells Us Weekly Selena has already impressed the cast and crew. “She was surprisingly amazing as a mentor even though she’s so young,” the source says. “She exceeded everyone’s expectations.”
Rapper Missy Elliott will serve as Pharrell Williams’ mentor, rock legend John Fogerty will help out Adam Levine’s team, and country star Brad Paisley will be the mentor for Blake Shelton’s contestants.
The mentors appear on the show during the battle rounds, right after blind auditions. The new season of The Voice returns on September 21, at 8 p.m. ET.
Giuliano BekorWhat role will Demi Lovato be playing when she guest stars on her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama's TV show From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series? A "badass," says the show's creator, director Robert Rodriguez.
The show, based on the 1996 cult horror-action film of the same name, is about to start its second season; it airs on Rodriguez's channel, El Rey. Rodriguez says Demi ended up with a guest role because he and Demi go way back, and because she'd often drop by the set to visit Wilmer, who plays a vampire on the series.
At the Television Critics Association gathering on Thursday in Beverly Hills, Rodriguez told the press, "I've known Demi a long time. She came and auditioned for me on Spy Kids 3 and [I've] always been a big fan of hers. When she'd come to the set to visit, I'd threw out that we'd love to put her in somewhere...I wanted to direct her. She has some great personality, I've always wanted to work with her, and she's got great acting chops."
Rodriguez, who added that he thought it would be "a real boost to the show" to have Demi be a part of it, told the press that she "found a window in her schedule" that allowed her to film a role.
"So we created a character just for her and she was fantastic," gushed Rodriguez. "She's really got a great screen presence -- I won't tell you what the character is, 'cause it's a surprise, but she's a badass -- and we left it open enough so that if, if there's time for her to come back next year she can."
The new season of From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series starts August 25. Demi will appear in the final episode of the season.
Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors recently released "Go Big or Go Home," the lead single from their upcoming sophomore album, and this weekend, they're launching a brief tour with their buddy Andy Grammer. Authors frontman Zac Barnett says they're thrilled to be touring with Andy because, he says, he's "one of the good guys."
"We did some touring with Andy in Australia at the end of last summer and he is, no joke, the nicest dude in the world," Zac tells ABC Radio. He laughs, "It’s almost a little scary how nice he is. It’s like, 'You’re not part of a cult or anything are you? You’re not gonna come haunt me in my dreams?'"
Zac adds, "In all honesty, he’s the coolest dude to hang out with. He’s the sweetest and so when we put this tour together, we couldn’t be more excited." He also says he and the Authors are happy that Andy's career is red-hot at the moment thanks to the success of "Honey, I'm Good."
"We couldn’t be more thrilled for him right now to have his single out there, it’s such a good song, and for all of his success," gushes Zac. "He’s really the best. He is one of the good guys."
The tour with Andy is just one of a long series of tours American Authors has done in the last couple of years; they've been on the road practically non-stop since the success of their smash "Best Day of My Life." But Zac says the band doesn't mind, 'cause they love playing live.
"We’re stoked on it. We’re all such performers, we’re all such music nerds and we’ve all been playing music since such a young age, that this is the dream," he tells ABC Radio. "It’s not like anyone was like, 'Oh, I never thought this was gonna happen and -- Ahhh! -- I can’t perform in front of this huge crowd!' It’s like, we’re just like young kids on the first day of school: just super-excited to get in there and just play around."
So, will the Authors "play around" with Andy during the tour? Will the two acts join together onstage for a performance? Zac says it's likely.
"If that were to ever happen with the band -- it has happened before in the past -- I could totally see it happening with Andy," he says.
The two-week trek gets under way August 2 in Birmingham, Alabama, and wraps up August 14 in Moorhead, Minnesota. The first part of the tour will feature indie pop band AJR as the opening act; the back half will feature Matt McAndrew, the runner-up of season seven of The Voice.
Here are the tour dates:
8/2 Birmingham, AL, Iron City Birmingham 8/3 Columbia, SC, The Music Farm 8/6 Glen Allen, VA, Innsbrook After Hours / Innsbrook Pavilion 8/7 Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 8/8 Webster, MA, Indian Ranch 8/9 Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 8/11 Kalamazoo, MI, District Square 8/12 Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom 8 13 Oshkosh, WI, Oshkosh Waterfest 8/14 Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Amphitheater
Modest Management/SYCO MusicOne Direction has officially moved on since March's departure of Zayn Malik with the group's latest single, "Drag Me Down."
The track will be the lead single from the boy band's fifth studio album, which is expected to come out later this year.
Via the band's Twitter feed, the Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson appeared on a short video to plug the song, though Liamwas the only one who spoke.
"We hope you like it, it's the first song from the new album we've been working very, very, very hard on," Liam said. "We can't wait for you to hear it. See you soon, lots of love."
The song can be heard on iTunes.
The song made its TV debut on Friday's' Good Morning America, when the band also announced that they'll performing during GMA's Summer Concert Series. Anchor Lara Spencer said the band will perform Tuesday in New York City's Central Park. Tickets are available today starting at 12 noon at GMA's website. They're free, but you have to request them.
Malik, meanwhile, will be releasing his first solo album on RCA Records.
Denise Truscello/WireImage Mariah Carey soon will be making her directorial debut. The singer is set to direct and co-star in Mariah Carey’s Christmas Project for the Hallmark Channel.
The TV movie reportedly will start production this fall and air on the network in December as part of Hallmark Channel’s annual “Countdown to Christmas” programming.
Also in December, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Mariah will perform a series of Christmas concerts in New York City. She’s set to complete the third leg of her Las Vegas residency, #1 to Infinity, in February, before embarking on a European tour in the spring. It will be her first European tour in 13 years.
ABC/Randy Holmes Want to star in a CoverGirl commercial with Katy Perry? All you need is a good pair of eyelashes.
To enter the CoverGirl “Lash Fame” sweepstakes, first upload a picture of yourself that shows off your natural, super-sized lashes. Your photo will then be loaded into an online CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara video. Submit that video at CoverGirlSuperSizerContest.com by August 2 for a chance to win.
The winner will have her photo appear in a Katy Perry CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara commercial scheduled to air during the MTV Video Music Awards on August 30.
Peter Yang The third and final wave of Teen Choice Award nominations has been revealed. In a slew of categories honoring the most social media savvy celebs, nominees include Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.
The Biebs is up against fellow musicians Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Pitbull in the Social Media King category. He’s also competing in the Choice Instagrammer category, against ex Selena Gomez, pal Ariana Grande and Beyonce.
Taylor and Miley are both going head-to-head for the title of Social Media Queen. That category also has Taylor facing off against her bestie Selena, her rumored nemesis Katy Perry and her one-time Twitter feud adversary Nicki Minaj.
Fittingly, Taylor is also up for Choice Twit, in recognition of her Twitter prowess. In that category she’s also up against Katy, as well as Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Shakira.
Rising stars Tori Kelly and Shawn Mendes scored nods in the Choice Web Star: Music category.
Voting for this wave of nominees is open through Friday, August 14. The Teen Choice Awards air live on Sunday, August 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Rapper/actor Ludacris, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and Drake & Josh actor Josh Peck will share hosting duties.
Here are the rest of the third wave music nominees:
Choice Web Star: Music (#ChoiceWebStarMusic) Christina Grimmie Jack & Jack Tori Kelly Shawn Mendes Lindsey Stirling Sam Tsui
Social Media King (#SocialMediaKing) Justin Bieber Jimmy Fallon LeBron James Bruno Mars Pitbull Justin Timberlake
Social Media Queen (#SocialMediaQueen) Miley Cyrus Selena Gomez Caitlyn Jenner Nicki Minaj Katy Perry Taylor Swift
Choice Twit (#ChoiceTwit) Justin Bieber Lady Gaga Katy Perry Shakira Taylor Swift Justin Timberlake
Choice Instagrammer (#ChoiceInstagrammer) Beyonce Justin Bieber Selena Gomez Ariana Grande Kylie Jenner Kim Kardashian
Tyrone LebonMiley Cyrus is once again getting glam for a good cause. The singer revealed her new line of socially conscious MAC Viva Glam lipsticks. All proceeds from sales of the lipstick go to the MAC AIDS Fund, which supports people affected by HIV and AIDS.
In one of the new campaign ads, Miley sports a long blonde wig and a floral crop top while modeling the shiny red lip shade.
“Help to end AIDS with my new @MACcosmetics #VIVAGLAM lipstick available online in North America on 9/8,” Miley wrote on Twitter and Instagram.
Another ad features an up-close look at the red and black packaging of the lipstick and its matching lipglass.
Miley joined MAC’s Viva Glam campaign earlier this year, and her first campaign featured a hot pink lipstick/lipglass combo. She told ABC’s Good Morning America at the time that she signed on to the campaign because she wants to empower "those even affected by HIV and to kind of give them this hope, and know that there's people out there who are fighting for them and especially not just for the cure, but to end this kind of stereotype."
Katy was photographed as actress Elizabeth Taylor, in a shoot based on an Andy Warhol painting. “An icon transcends time,” she says. “Liz was so fabulous and decadent and had a style that evolved with the years ...and I’m sure I’ll be married just as many times!”
Mariah played Marie Antoinette for her shoot. She’s barely recognizable in a pink, flouncy 18th century gown. “I’m pretty much the opposite of Marie Antoinette, but it’s always fun to throw on a costume,” Mariah tells the mag.
Other celebrities included on the list were Oprah Winfrey as Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz, Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson as Aphrodite, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as fashion editor Diana Vreeland and Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain as Joan of Arc.
The September issue of Harper's Bazaar hits stands August 18.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot Is Madonna’s son, David Banda, following in his mother’s musical footsteps? The pop icon shared a video on Instagram of the nine-year-old impressively strumming an acoustic guitar and singing her Rebel Heart track "Devil Pray."
“Teach Me How To Pray,” Madonna captions the clip. “Thats what children do!”
It isn’t the first time Madonna’s publicly shared her son’s talents. Last year, she posted an Instagram video of the boy showing off some killer dance moves. Like mother, like son.
Madonna is set to kick off her Rebel Heart tour on September 9 in Montreal. Maybe she’ll bring David along as a back-up band member.
@KevinMazur/WireImageIt’s official: Zayn Malik will be releasing his first solo album on RCA Records. The former One Direction member announced the new record deal on Twitter Wednesday, but now RCA Records and Simon Cowell’s Syco Music have confirmed it.
“With RCA, Zayn has the perfect label to work with on his solo career,” Simon says in a statement. “They are excited about working with him and I am sure whatever they release together will be special.”
TMZ previously reported that Simon -- whose reality competition show The X Factor led to the formation of 1D -- was instrumental in getting Zayn signed to RCA. Now Zayn and his ex-band mates are on a competing record labels. One Direction is signed to Columbia and Simon’s label, Syco.
On Wednesday, Zayn used the news to explain why he really left 1D. “I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !!” he wrote.
Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has released another behind-the-scenes clip from her “Bad Blood” video. This one features model Karlie Kloss and reveals the moment they came up with Karlie’s character name.
“We just came up with my name: Knockout,” Karlie says. “We’re these bada** spies, we’re training together. She’s got to be tough and we’re not messing around.”
The clip also shows Taylor and Karlie going head-to-head in a boxing ring, surrounded by a bunch of cheering female extras.
Taylor began posting the behind-the-scenes videos to her Instagram account this week, as a way to celebrate the success of "Bad Blood" on the pop charts and to encourage fans to vote for the video at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. She previously posted clips featuring model Lily Aldridge and Empire actress Serayah.
ABC/Randy Holmes John Legend is taking his talents to television. It was announced at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday that the singer has signed on to be the music supervisor for a new WGN America drama series called Underground. His production company, Get Lifted, also will executive produce.
The show is about a group of slaves planning a dangerous escape from a Georgia plantation. They’re helped by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad. It stars Christopher Meloni, Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
"We are excited to join forces with WGN America and Sony and the talented team of writers and producers on this powerful project that we believe will inspire us all," Legend says. "This series has a unique opportunity to speak to the passion and courage of those who risked it all as they raced to freedom. We are honored to bring our creative vision to this thrilling project."
John, fresh off his Oscar win for his contribution to the Selma soundtrack, will oversee the score, soundtrack and all music aspects of the series.
Stephanie PistelThere have been more than twenty James Bond films since the 1960s, all with their own theme songs, but only one of those songs has ever topped the Billboard Hot 100: Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill," from the 1985 movie of the same name. That, of course, makes Duran Duran extremely well qualified to speculate on the rumors about who's going to sing the theme for the newest Bond flick, Spectre, due out this November.
So far, speculation has focused on Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, with Adele, who sang the theme to the last film, Skyfall, thrown into the mix for good measure. But now there are rumors that alt-rock band Radiohead may have gotten the gig. Duran Duran keyboard player Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor like that idea, though the idea of a female singer also is appealing to them.
"I like a good diva for a Bond song," Nick tells ABC Radio. "Shirley Bassey to me is still the winner." Bassey sang the themes for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.
"Radiohead is not a bad idea. I mean, [they've got a] great sense of drama. I mean...I’d like to see that," adds John. "Yeah, I’d be happy with that," Nick agrees. "I think it’d be a more interesting choice than some of them over the last decade or so, for sure."
"I thought the Adele song was good," points out John. "I think they got that right."
While many believe that it's important for a James Bond theme song performer to be British, Nick doesn't necessarily agree.
"No, I don’t think that’s essential. Of course it’s a very British brand, but I don’t think it’s essential the act was British," he tells ABC Radio. "Madonna did one; she wasn’t British. Not my favorite of the songs, but you know, she did one."
Madonna sang the theme for Die Another Day. Other non-British acts who've done Bond themes include Carly Simon, A-Ha, Sheryl Crow, Jack White, Alicia Keys, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, Gladys Knight and Tina Turner.
But Nick thinks that ultimately, the best choice would be an act that's very near and dear to Duran Duran's heart: themselves.
"They should ask Duran Duran, really," laughs Nick. "I mean, they know what happened last time they asked us!"
Duran Duran's new album Paper Gods, featuring production by Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, arrives in stores in September.