ABC/Fred LeeTry as she might, it seems Sia can’t always keep her face hidden. An unexpected gust of wind exposed the singer’s elusive features during a performance in Colorado this week.
The breeze blew aside Sia’s signature face-covering wig at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, allowing just enough time for cameras to snap some photos.
She’s previously explained why she chooses to hide her appearance. "I don't want to be famous or recognizable," she told ABC News' Chris Connelly in 2014. "I don't want to be critiqued about the way that I look on the Internet. I've been writing pop songs for pop stars for a couple years and see what their lives are like, and that's just not something I want."
Of course, if you're really curious about what Sia looks like, there are plenty of photos of her online where her smiling face isn't covered.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteThe moment we’ve all been waiting for is here: Kelly Clarkson big announcement! After a week of build-up on Facebook Live, the singer revealed the news she’s been teasing.
If you haven't guessed it already, she’s officially joined Atlantic Records. All of the artists she covered this week -- including Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding -- were Atlantic artists. Kelly’s American Idol record contract with RCA ended after the release of 2015’s Piece by Piece, and this marks the first time in her career that she was able to choose her own record label.
In addition, Kelly announced that her first release with Atlantic will be a soulful album coming in 2017.
She then performed another soul-tinged cover, of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” before coming back with even more news. Kelly has also launched a brand-new website for her fans, KellyClarksonLive.com. Four free downloads of some of her fan-requested covers are available on the site now, and she’ll post new goodies for fans the last Friday of every month.
So really, her big announcement was actually a few big announcements. Cheers, Kelly!
Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty ImagesTaylorSwift's ex Calvin Harris, has broken his silence about their breakup, claiming Taylor "controlled the media" and now he's "free."
Harris was responding to comments on his Instagram page. They've since been deleted, but not before fans were able to capture them on screengrabs, according to E! Online.
After one fan wrote that people wouldn't have hated Calvin if he'd his side of the story, Harris replied, "[Taylor] controlled the media and this situation, I had no idea what was going on. So that kind of makes it a lot worse from my perspective."
Another fan argued Harris was "jealous of Taylor now because she's moved on and found a new boyfriend," to which Harris allegedly answered, "not jealous sir, FREE."
When users questioned why Harris took to the comments section to discuss such a hot topic, he replied, "because I want to understand how these people's minds work."
When another poster asked if the producer's account was hacked, he declared, "No it's me."
Despite dissing Swift, Harris still maintained he doesn't hate the music superstar. In response to why the DJ decided to follow Taylor after unfollowing her immediately following the split, he responded, "I cared too much and then I didn't care at all. I am a real person remember."
One user who was arguing with another fan wrote, "For all we know Taylor broke up with him to be with another man and that is quite upsetting. I would be hurt by that too. He's not being mean. He deserves to feel free while he's single and not feel jealous."
Calvin acknowledged that person in a comment, noting, "You're the only smart one at this point."
Taylor split from Harris less than a month ago. She's since been spotted getting cozy with Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston.
PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentIt's been in the works for months, but Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato's Future Now tour, sponsored by Honda Civic, finally kicks off tonight in Sunrise, Florida. Demi says that the joint trek is a way to "show everyone the true sides of our artistry."
The fact that Nick and Demi are touring together shouldn't surprise anyone, considering the fact that they're longtime friends, have the same management and are in business together, too.
"If I had a twin brother, it would be Nick, because we're so in tune with one another artistically, and...we work really well together," Demi tells ABC Radio.
"I think we speak the same language artistically because of our songwriting past and history," Nick tells ABC Radio. "[I've been] grateful to have a solid friendship throughout what's been a pretty crazy ride for both of us."
During the tour, Nick will play material from both his recent solo albums, and maybe even some Jonas Brothers tunes. Demi says she admires Nick for building a successful solo career apart from his brothers.
"The fact that he gets on the stage now by himself, it must have been difficult," she says. "You've had the Jonas Brothers next to you and now you carry the show by yourself...as a solo artist, I know what that's like. [And] I'm really proud of him for being able to make that transition."
Nick says he's equally proud of Demi. "One of the things that I admire about her...is that she's one of the most talented songwriters I know," he says.
In addition to celebrating what Nick calls their "great and genuine friendship," Demi says the tour is a chance for the ex-Disney stars to focus attention on their current careers.
"A lot of people know that we've worked together for almost ten years now," Demi tells ABC Radio. "But what's important is the moment that we're living in now and what we have to look forward to in the future. So with this tour, we're excited to show everyone the true sides of our artistry."
Adds Nick, "I'm excited to get out there and just have a great, great time together."
ABC/Lou Rocco; ABC/Randy HolmesThings seems to be moving swiftly for Hiddleswift. After hitting up a Selena Gomez concert on Tuesday, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston were spotted enjoying a romantic meal in Nashville Wednesday night.
According to E! News, the new couple dined at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in a small, private area of the restaurant. One witness said the two “seemed very comfortable with each other.”
Taylor and Tom left the restaurant holding hands and they were driven away by security.
Last month, the two were spotted dancing at the Met Gala together. Then last week, shortly after Taylor’s breakup with Calvin Harris, they were photographed kissing.
Vivian Zink/NBCOne Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Ne-Yo will be serving as guest judges on the next season of America’s Got Talent.
The NBC competition show will premiere its eleventh season on Tuesday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It’ll air twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, for the remainder of the season. Other guest judges will include comedian George Lopez and country singer Reba McEntire.
Louis, of course, is no stranger to competition shows. One Direction was formed on U.K.’s The X Factor back in 2010 by Simon Cowell, who's now a judge on AGT. The boy band is currently on hiatus.
Capitol Music GroupAfter releasing her own song called “Wild Things,” Alessia Cara can’t seem to let go of that “wild” feeling. The singer joins Troye Sivan on a new version of his song “WILD.”
The song initially appeared as a solo tune on Troye’s debut album Blue Neighbourhood, but now it gets the duet treatment with a new verse written by Alessia.
Ahead of the song’s release, Troye tweeted his excitement in all caps: “GUYS I CANT WAIT FOR YOU TO HEAR WILD ALESSIA WROTE THE BEST VERSE AND SOUNDS SO GOOD N WE LIKE SPED IT UP SLIGHTLY MY HANDS ARE SWEATING.”
A video for the song will be released soon.
Troye will kick off the second North American leg of his Suburbia Tour on October 16 in San Francisco.
Ben WattsEver wished you could sing karaoke with Rob Thomas? Now you can -- sort of. The singer is bringing a new karaoke experience on tour with him, which allows fans to sing with his hologram.
As part of his summer tour’s VIP package, fans can select one of three songs to perform as a hologram duet with Rob’s virtual likeness. After the performance is done, each fan will receive a video of it to share on social media.
"Futuristic Karaoke! I always love to experiment with new technology and this is like nothing I've ever seen before,” Rob says in a statement. “It’s going to be very cool and I’m excited for the fans to check it out.”
Rob teamed up with social augmented reality company VNTANA for the project. His tour with Counting Crows kicks off July 22 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesThe ladies of Fifth Harmony show off their killer bikini bodies in the video for their newest single, “All in My Head (Flex)”, featuring Fetty Wap.
Wearing their sexiest bathing suits, the girls dance by the ocean and roll around on the sand as they sing the tune’s suggestive lyrics: “Flex, time to impress/Come and climb in my bed/Don’t be shy, do your thing/It’s all my head.”
They’re joined by a jeep-full of hot guys with six-pack abs.
Fifth Harmony kicked off their 7/27 world tour last night in Lima, Peru. Their North American leg kicks off July 27.
ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteOne more day until Kelly Clarkson makes her much-anticipated announcement. But before she finally fills us in, she gave us one more cover song on Facebook Live.
On day four of her lead-up to the big reveal, Kelly sang “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. She previously hinted that all of the artists she covers this week have something in common that relates to her news.
Considering she also sang songs by Otis Redding, Foreigner and Aretha Franklin -- all artists who released music on Atlantic Records -- could that mean Kelly has a new record deal? It’s entirely possible, given that 2015’s Piece by Piece was her last studio album under her American Idol recording contract with RCA and 19 Recordings.
Her pianist has so far confirmed the announcement is "not a soundtrack" and Kelly is "not running for president." She's also not pregnant, not releasing a live DVD, not going on tour and not doing a Broadway show.
RCA RecordsFall Out Boy ain't afraid of no ghost. The pop-punks have rerecorded Ray Parker, Jr.'s iconic Ghostbusters theme song from 1984, with an assist from rapper Missy Elliott. You can listen to the cover, dubbed "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)," now on YouTube.
"Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)" appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming new Ghostbusters movie, starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig. The soundtrack also includes contributions from Elle King, WALK THE MOON, Wolf Alice, Pentatonix and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Ghostbusters will hit theaters July 15. The soundtrack will be released the same day.
BillboardMore than 150 entertainers and executives have signed a special “Open Letter to Congress” urging tighter gun laws, which was released by Billboard today.
Among those lending their support are Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, Calvin Harris, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Kesha, Adam Lambert, Diplo, Alicia Keys, Sia, Billy Joel, Shakira,Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera.
“As leading artists and executives in the music industry, we are adding our voices to the chorus of Americans demanding change,” the letter reads, continuing, “We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more.”
In the wake of the shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the fatal shooting of singer Christina Grimmie, the letter urges Congress to require a background check for every gun sale and block suspected terrorists from buying guns.
Sonia Recchia/Getty ImagesAlanisMorissette and a business management firm have settled a lawsuit the singer filed last month. That suit alleged that Morissette's former business manager improperly took nearly $5 million from her accounts, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In a joint statement issued to the Times by the firm and the singer, Morissette said, "I am pleased to have the civil part of this matter resolved."
The suit, filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles on May 17 had alleged that Morissette's former business manager, Jonathan Schwartz -- a member of the firm -- took at least $4.7 million from the singer's accounts over several years. The distributions were discovered by Morissette's current manager, the suit claimed. Morissette was seeking upward of $15 million in damages.
Terms of the settlement were not announced, but the paper reports that the firm has suspended Schwartz and is suing to have him removed from the firm and to recoup more than half a million dollars it says he had been advanced.
Parkwood/ColumbiaWe’ve got a powerful new video from Beyonce to start your Thursday off right. She’s just dropped the black-and-white visual for “Sorry,” her in-your-face track about infidelity, from Lemonade.
The video also features Serena Williams, looking even more fierce than usual dressed in spike heels and a dark leotard from shoulder to hips. The tennis superstar prowls and dances through a palatial Southern mansion as Beyonce lounges on an ornate, throne-like chair and sings “I ain’t sorry, I ain’t sorry, n***** nah.”
The clip switches between the scenes in the mansion and other scenes on a bus, featuring those dancers painted in tribal designs we’ve already seen from other Lemonade visuals.
The “Sorry” video ends with Beyonce – painted gold, wearing a metal bustier and with her hair up in an Egyptian-like crown -- singing that now-infamous line about “Becky with the good hair” as she stares into the camera.
Though it’s been out less than a day, as of 8:00 a.m. ET Thursday, the “Sorry” video already had well over four million views on YouTube.
Meredith Truax Between Alessia Cara, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Shawn Hook and Drake, it's safe to say that the U.S. charts have been dominated by Canadian artists in the past year. Alessia, who hails from Brampton, Ontario, says she's full of Canadian pride, both for herself and her fellow artists from the Great White North.
"I love it. I think it's amazing. I feel so proud of us," Alessia tells ABC Radio of the Canadian chart domination. "Even though I don't really know a lot of the artists personally, I feel like I'm proud of them just because we're from the same place. It's cool."
No wonder Alessia's proud: she recently won trophies at three different Canadian award ceremonies, including the Juno Awards, which are Canada's equivalent of the Grammys, and at the Canadian version of the MTV Video Music Awards. She also got an award from the U.S. performing rights society, ASCAP. Since she's now an old hand at attending awards ceremonies, is she still starstruck?
"Definitely a little bit, but I think I'm getting better at it," she laughs. "I think I've met all the people that I've, like, really wanted to meet or like that I would have been starstruck for, so now everyone else is, like, pretty chill. It's all good."
Alessia was initially starstruck by her current tour mates, Coldplay, one of her favorite bands, but by now, we assume she's gotten over it -- just like she's accepted the fact that she and Taylor Swift are now actually pals.
Lores/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson gave birth to her and her husband's second child, Remington Alexander, on April 12, and now that he's two months old, she says she's glad he's no longer "boring."
During a Facebook Live session on Wednesday, Kelly answered questions from fans, including one about how the new baby was doing. "He's great!" she said. "I mean, I’m not a normal mom, because most moms, I guess, are nicer than I am but, like, they’re so boring at first, babies! They just pee, poop and cry, y'know? So he’s in a fun stage now. He’s smiling and [he] loves me, which I love."
"A whole village is raising my children with me, which I’m a...firm believer in," Kelly continued. "I’m super thankful and aware of how lucky I am to have so much help, and it’s really cool, ‘cause we are not so tired that we can’t have fun with them." By contrast, Kelly says, her own mother didn't get to have that experience.
"My mom was a single mom of three kids and did not have the time," she revealed. "I would have killed us! Literally, I would be on Dateline on some kind of special!"
"So...all you single moms out there and single dads out there, you’re amazing," she laughed. "And I’m glad I’m not you!"
Kelly also revealed that the song she's most proud of is "Piece by Piece" because, she said, "It’s the story of my life." She said she loves when fans tell her such intensely personal songs are also the stories of their lives.
"It’s the coolest thing in the world for people to relate to something that you’ve gone through, even if it’s a really crappy experience," she said.
Kelly plans to make a big announcement on Friday, and has been giving clues via songs she's been performing via Facebook Live. So far, she's sung tunes by Foreigner, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding.