ABC/Adam TaylorPharrell Williams' hit "Happy" may not be #1 anymore, but that doesn't mean it's any less popular. Here's the proof: according to Yahoo! Chart Watch, it's featured on not one but three albums in this week's top 10.
"Tacky," the parody of "Happy" that appears on "Weird Al" Yankovic's new album Mandatory Fun, leads the pack at #1. In at #4 is Kidz Bop 26, which features the Kidz Bop Kidz performing the song. Finally, Pharrell's original version is included on the compilation Now! 50 which is sitting at #8.
As for Pharrell's own album, G I R L, which also includes "Happy," it currently sits at #35. According to Yahoo!, the Oscar-nominated tune is about two weeks away from reaching the six-million mark in downloads.
Credit: Lindsey BarnesFollowing the success of their debut U.S. hit, "Me and My Broken Heart," the British band Rixton has just released a new single, "Wait on Me." The group will perform the song, which they co-wrote, on Late Night with Seth Meyers on August 4.
Rixton hits the road July 30 for a summer headlining tour sponsored by Chex Mix. They're working with the brand to create a video content series called "Sound Chex," which will capture behind-the-scenes moments while on the road.
As previously reported, Rixton also will perform on the Teen Choice Awards, airing August 10 on Fox. They're nominated as well, for Choice Music Group.
Credit: Ben WattsIf you've been wondering why Justin Bieber has posted so many photos online of himself sporting Calvin Klein undies, well, it just might be a business decision. There's serious buzz that the singer has signed on to shoot a campaign for the famed underwear brand.
A source tells E! Online that the Bieb did, in fact, do a shoot for the brand. However, a Calvin Klein rep wouldn't comment on the rumors, while a rep for Bieber tells ABC News Radio that they have no comment on the reports.
As E! notes, Calvin Klein announced last week that its fall advertising campaign will feature models Lara Stone and Matt Terry, with no mention of Justin's name, but you never know.
Interestingly, Justin once planned to make a movie with one of the world's most famous ex-Calvin Klein underwear models: Mark Wahlberg.
ABC/Richard HarbaughCondolences go out to Ariana Grande: the singer has lost her beloved grandfather.
"Thank you for your continuous love & light over the past few weeks... we did lose my favorite person to ever exist yesterday, my grandpa :(," Ariana tweeted on Wednesday.
Despite her loss, Ariana appeared live on Good Morning America on Wednesday, and explained on Twitter, "only reason I made this twelve hour trip is grandps told me he wanted me to always be professional & fulfill my business commitments :(." She added, "if only y'all knew how amazing he was.. my [heart] hurts so much. It's beyond broken :'( but I got to hold his hand and watch him find his peace."
The singer also revealed that her grandfather respected her half-brother's Frankie's commitments. He's currently competing on the reality show Big Brother, and Ariana tweeted, "Asked grandps last week if he wanted us to pull frankie off bb & he said 'no way! he's gotta play the game even tho i don't understand it.'"
"This is the hardest thing imaginable but I'm so grateful that I got to spend this time with him & my family. taking care of him & loving him," she continued.
Ariana later indicated that Frankie was informed of his grandfather's passing, which he addressed on the Big Brother live feed. She tweeted, "watching @frankiejgrande talk abt grandps after reading our letter on the live feed. sobbing / laughing hysterically. love u frankie so much."
PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Syco EntertainmentBack in July of 2010, five young men competing on the British version of The X Factor failed to make the cut in the "Boys" category, but were subsequently put together into a single act so they could qualify for the "Groups" category. One of their members came up with the name One Direction, and the rest is pop music history. Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn celebrated their official four-year anniversary on Wednesday with a series of excited tweets.
"Wow ! Can't believe it! 4 years ago today we were out together! Crazy how time flies but it also feels like it was years and years ago!," wrote Niall Horan, adding, "I can honestly say, thank you all so much, every one of you, from all over the world! Your support is absolutely incredible...What you have done for us baffles my mind ever day!"
To his bandmates, Niall wrote, "Thank you lads, we've had a great time so far, you are family to me now, not just band mates! Love you."
For his part, Harry Styles tweeted, "4 years. Thank you to everyone who is involved in this. I feel so lucky to be part of it. Everyone who has worked with us thank you..Thank you to all of you who have supported us. We couldn't ask for better fans, you are absolutely the best ever. We love you so much .xx"
"Happy four years everyone can't believe it's been that long thank you so much everybody," tweeted Liam Payne. "Crazy how things have turned out I love you."
In their four years together, the lads have conquered the world, topping charts worldwide, selling millions of albums and tracks, criss-crossing the globe on sold-out tours, branching out into movies and fragrances, and surviving the ever-churning rumor mill that is the British press, which seems to report every day that they're breaking up. Meanwhile, 1D's Where We Are tour hits the U.S. next month, while a fourth album is in the works.
Image Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records Pharrell begins his newly released video for "Come Get It Bae" with an important message: "Beauty has no expiration date."
In the Luis Cerveró-directed clip, the singer is surrounded by models of all races who are auditioning by dancing and posing to his song. At one point, Miley Cyrus makes a cameo to perform her part on the song's hook.
"Thank you to my lil sis @MileyCyrus. All we know how to do is be silly and have fun. #ComeGetItBae," Pharrell tweeted.
The song is the the second U.S. single from Pharrell's latest albumG I R L.
Lauren Dukoff/Columbia RecordsAdele's son is only two years old, but he's already well on his way to being rich like his mom. The BBC reports that lawyers for the boy, referred to as Angelo Adkins, despite Adele never publicly revealing his name, have accepted a five-figure sum in damages to settle a case over paparazzi photos.
Adele, who was born Adele Adkins, and her partner Simon Konecki, Angelo's father, sued a photo agency for taking photos of Angelo's "milestone moments" between June and November of 2013, and then selling them to the British press.
A lawyer for Adele told a High Court in London that she doesn't want her son to be thought of as "public property," and added, "It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family's wishes."
Added the lawyer, "These images were taken during private, recreational time unconnected with professional or public engagements. They represent a clear infringement of our client's right to privacy."
The photo agency agreed to pay damages and legal costs, and has also agreed not to re-use the photos.
Adele's lawyer said that the singer and Konecki would "continue to do all they can to protect Angelo's rights in relation to the paparazzi, including taking legal action where necessary." The lawyer noted that Adele helped fund a similar campaign in California to create stricter laws regarding the photographing of children of celebrities.
RCA RecordsIt just goes to show: comedy is not dead. The King of Pop Music Parody, "Weird Al" Yankovic, has just scored the first #1 album of his career.
Thanks to a clever viral video campaign that saw him release one video per day for eight days straight, Weird Al -- whose first album hit the charts more than 30 years ago -- sees his new album, Mandatory Fun, debut at #1. It's also the first comedy disc to hit #1 on the Billboard album ranking since 1963, when comedian Allan Sherman spent eight weeks on top with his album My Son, the Nut.
"If you’d told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would’ve believed it. If you’d told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would’ve believed it," Weird Al tweeted. "I’m so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I’m enormously grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."
Mandatory Fun is Weird Al's third top-10 album, following 2011's Alpocalypse and 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood. It features parodies of mega-hits like "Royals," "Happy," "Blurred Lines" and "Fancy," as well as original tunes and, of course, one of Al's patented polka medleys. The comedy star tells Billboard that since this is the final album of his current contract, he will likely abandon the album format entirely, and only release digital singles from now on.
Elsewhere on the chart, Jason Mraz sees his latest disc, YES!, debut at #2. It's his fourth top-10 album and his second to hit #1, following 2012's Love Is a Four Letter Word. He's yet to score a #1 album.
Inez and VinoodhLady Gaga and her boyfriend, actor Taylor Kinney, are generally private about their relationship, but she took to her social networking site LittleMonsters.com recently to gush about something romantic he did for her.
Posting a photo of her dog Asia posed with an enormous bouquet of flowers, Gaga wrote, "3 yrs and he still sends me flowers out of nowhere." She posted the same message on Instagram.
Gaga and Kinney, who first met when he starred in her video for "You and I," have been dating since July of 2011. In May, the actor, who appears on the NBC show Chicago Fire, described their relationship in Glamour magazine, saying, "There’s a lot of laughing. I think that’s the basis of a healthy relationship. We laugh a lot....I think we just complement each other. I’m proud of her, and I’d like to believe she’s proud of me. We’re kindred spirits."
Last November, Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres that Kinney is "a hidden weirdo," adding, "He is extremely strange, actually, and we compliment each other's weirdness." She added, "At the end of the day, he's my best friend, and having your lover be your best friend is...I mean, it's the best thing ever!"
While there have been plenty of rumors that the two are getting married, or at least engaged, there has been no confirmation from either one that they're planning on taking their relationship to the next level.
RCA RecordsIt's been a while since ex-Disney star Hilary Duff released any music: 2007, to be exact, which is when she put out her album Dignity. But now, the singer and actress is back with a brand-new single called "Chasing the Sun," a new record label -- RCA -- and a new album, due this fall.
The single, due out July 29, was co-written by Colbie Caillat. The video for the song will debut on VEVO that same day. Hilary has also worked with Ed Sheeran on material for the album.
In a statement, Hilary says of her new label home, "I came to them with my vision for the album and it has been a real labor of love, but something I am so proud of. 'Chasing the Sun' is just a peek into my new album. I've worked very hard and the album is a great representation of the experiences I've had in my life and where I want to go from here!"
She adds, "I took a break from music for quite awhile, but it gave me the power to choose my next steps carefully and I'm really proud of the album I've made. 'Chasing the Sun' is a light and fun summer song that I hope helps people to feel a little more carefree."
The new album will be Hilary's fifth. Since her last album, she's acted, started her own clothing line, launched several fragrances, written three books, and focused on charitable works. She married NHL player Mike Comrie in 2010; their son Luca Cruz is two years old. The couple announced in early 2014 that they were splitting.
Recently, both Lorde and Charli XCX have expressed admiration for Hilary.
Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.
A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she's known for years.
Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as "a guy who's sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was my first best friend." It turns out this guy has a girlfriend, whom Hannah describes as "pretty" and "nice" with an "amazing figure."
Taylor wrote a lengthy reply to Hannah, telling her that true love isn't just "the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized." She continues, "I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind."
Taylor goes on to tell Hannah she'll someday find someone who loves her in that same, selfless way.
Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmericanAuthors are opening for OneRepublic and The Script all summer, and since they're the first band of the night to take the stage, they've got their work cut out for them. But when they prepare for shows, they keep in mind the words of Bruce Springsteen -- or is it Coldplay?
The band's frontman, Zac Barnett, tells ABC News Radio the band always puts in a "110-percent effort" into their shows because of something one, or both, of those acts said.
"We're big fans of Bruce Springsteen and also huge fans of Coldplay," he explains. "And I don't know who said it first..but they've both been quoted in the past (as) saying...when you go into a live show, you want to give the best show that you can possibly give -- because you don't know if this is someone's first concert ever, or if this is someone's last concert ever."
Barnett describes an American Authors performance as a "dynamic roller coaster, but on a shorter scale." He explains that they bring "pure energy" to their set, which he says includes both the band's favorite songs and the crowd's favorite songs. "Best Day of My Life" undoubtedly falls into both categories.
American Authors will continue their tour with OneRepublic and The Script through an August 12 date in Virginia. Two days later, they'll begin a European trek in Belgium.
PRNewsFoto/The Intimate Britney SpearsBritney Spears has a line of fragrances, but now she's branching out into clothing -- skimpy clothing. The Intimate Britney Spears, a new collection of sleepwear, loungewear and lingerie, will launch in September 9 in the U.S. in Canada, and September 26 in Europe.
Britney tweeted the news along with a photo of herself wearing a black bra and high-waisted panties, writing, "Coming very soon... The Intimate Collection, by yours truly. intimatebritneyspears.com Just a peek at what's to come. xo."
The collection, which will be launched by Britney at a New York City event, includes lingerie sets, bustiers, kimonos and relaxed loungewear, including jersey camisoles, shorts and sweats. The items feature detailing like crocheted edges, satin ribbons and lace trim. Prices range from $17 to $79, with sizes from A-J cups.
In addition to being available at IntimateBritneySpears.com, you'll be able to purchase the items at boutique retailers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as at Barenecessities.com.
In a statement, Britney says, "Every woman should feel confident and beautiful in everything she puts on. My vision for The Intimate Britney Spears is to create pieces that are sexy, luxurious, and comfortable at the same time. I am excited to introduce this collection because I feel that we accomplished exactly that."
Meanwhile, Britney is launching her 16th -- that's right, 16th -- fragrance, called Fantasy Stage Edition. It's her previously-released scent, Fantasy, in a limited-edition bottle, with a snakeskin outer coating inspired by Britney's legendary 2001 MTV VMA performance, during which she danced with an enormous python draped over her shoulders.
According to MTV, Britney said in a statement, "Fantasy Stage Edition represents my daring moments on stage, both past and present. I hope it motivates my fans to be fearless.”
Rich Schmitt/AFP/GettyImagesMadonna's daughter Lourdes Leon will be off to college soon, but for now, the 17-year-old writes on her Material World blog that she's excited to be graduating from high school and attending her prom.
Lourdes writes, "HEY to all the readers. I don't know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School. It's very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like it’s something I've been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened. There also isn't the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you're about mid-way into the beautiful summer."
As for her prom, Lourdes explains, "A week before graduation I attended the classic party every American teenager goes to despite the really bad music -- this is known as prom. What can I say? Those of you who have been probably know exactly what I’m talking about," she wrote.
And Madonna’s daughter had a message for her prom dj’s as well. She jokes, "Note to the prom dj's who feel the need to play 'please don't stop the music' (what a prom classic I know they played that at your prom!) 5 times in 3 hours. Of course despite all of these weird prom factors, I got to spend an entire weekend kicking it with my high school homies. It was a great way to end the year."
Lourdes graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art Performing Arts in New York City last month. She's next headed to her mom's alma mater, the University of Michigan.
LeAnn Mueller/Interscope RecordsHow do we know that OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is a songwriting genius? Because unlike most writers, he doesn't have to slave away in the studio to come up with a song: for him, ideas for hits simply "fall from the clouds." Exhibit A: the band's current single, "Love Runs Out."
"Love Runs Out" is a song that didn't originally appear on OneRepublic's album Native -- they put it out after the fact, after Ryan finally finished writing it, and realized he had something great on his hands. As Ryan explains, he had started the tune quite some time ago, but was never able to complete it.
"When I wrote it, it was right before Coachella a coupla years ago," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's kinda my song about music. And I couldn't finish it. And I was working on the U2 album in Malibu in January, driving to the studio, [and] the song came on my playlist."
"I hadn't heard it in a year," he recalls, "and out of nowhere, the entire chorus literally fell from the clouds, into the car."
So Ryan did what any self-respecting songwriter would do. "I pulled over to the side of the road, recorded it on my iPhone, and called my manager," he says. "And I said, 'I might wanna switch gears, I have this song...' and here we are now!"
OneRepublic initially planned to release a song called "I Lived" as the second single from Native, but "Love Runs Out" took its place. In addition to finding it on Native, you'll find "I Lived" on the upcoming soundtrack for the movie The Giver, along with a brand-new OneRepublic song, "Ordinary Human."
Image Courtesy ABC/Donna SvennevikMariah Carey has hinted that she will soon hit a city near you with a brand-new tour.
The singer announced the news in a newly-recorded voice message welcoming her Lambs to her redesigned website, MariahCarey.com,
"Hi Lambs, welcome to the brand new MariahCarey.com. Stay tuned as we continue adding more sections and pow moments to the site. We're also gonna be coming up with some festive contests for the lambily!" she says in the recording.
She then adds, "Lastly, I just wanted to thank everyone for always supporting me. You know Me. I Am Mariah… It's only the beginning! The elusive chanteuse, dahhlings! I can't wait to see you when I hit the road, starting very soon and I'm very excited about it! Love ya much, bye bye!"
The upcoming outing will further support her latest album, Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, which peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart. Mariah's last extensive tour was the Angels Advocate tour, which wrapped up in February of 2010.
Mariah has been leaving voice messages for her fans for years; in this new one, she refers back to those old messages by signing off in her traditional way: saying "Love ya much!" and adding, "Buh-Bye!" in a high, squeaky voice.
School Boy/Interscope Records Taylor Swift is one of the stars of the upcoming movie The Giver, based on the popular young adult novel, but she's not on the soundtrack. The artists who are on the soundtrack are still pretty good, though.
As previously reported, OneRepublic has contributed a brand-new track to the project. The song, called "Ordinary Human," was written specifically for the movie. The soundtrack also includes the OneRepublic song "I Lived," which appears on their current album Native.
In a statement, singer Ryan Tedder says, "The Giver is a favorite book of ours and we’re all incredibly thrilled to see it brought to the big screen. It’s a huge honor to contribute our music to a movie that’s not only an amazing story, but also has a cast of actors that we admire so much, like Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. We hope our fans are just as excited about it as we are.”
In addition to OneRepublic, the collection includes "Here Today" by Aloe Blacc, from his current album Lift Your Spirit; a song called "Whole," by British band Rixton; and "One Minute More," the current single by "Safe and Sound" duo Capital Cities.
The soundtrack arrives August 5; the movie itself is in theaters August 15.
Monty Brinton/CBS It's been more than a decade since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol. Since then, she's topped the charts several times, toured the world, sold millions of albums, appeared on nearly every TV show you can name, graced the cover of most major magazines, won several Grammys, and made headlines when she got married and then had a baby. So it's no wonder that she's surprised to meet someone who has no clue what she's been up to since 2002.
Kelly tweeted, "Lady says to me 'Oh I recognize your name. You were on that show American Idol. What are you doing now?' Hahahaha!!" She added the hashtag "#wherearetheynow."
Kelly's pal John Legend was amused by the story as well, and tweeted to Kelly, "You should've kept up with the singing. It might've worked out for you!" "I know, right? So funny!" Kelly replied.
In case you've forgotten how Kelly and John know each other, they both served as mentor/coaches on ABC's failed reality singing competition show Duets, which aired a few years back. Robin Thicke and country star Jennifer Nettles were also on that show.
In other Kelly news, she's one of the artists featured on "Pray for Peace," a new song and video by her stepmother-in-law, country legend Reba McEntire. "So honored that Reba asked me to lend my voice to this new song she wrote!" Kelly tweeted.
Ryan McGinley/Capitol RecordsKaty Perry is doing her part to help homeless veterans. She's teaming up with the charity Veterans Matter to auction off VIP tickets to some of her upcoming concert performances in the Midwest, as well as a chance to meet her backstage.
You can access the auction, dubbed Shine a Light with Katy Perry, on the eBay Giving Works charity site. Proceeds will go help veterans secure housing assistance: many aren't able to, due to a lack of a rental deposit. Veterans Matter provides that deposit directly to the landlord. So far, the organization has housed 350 veterans in six states.
The Katy concerts from which fans can choose include August dates in Chicago, IL; Grand Rapids, MI; Auburn Hills, MI; and Columbus and Cleveland, OH.
In other compassionate Katy Perry news, she's posted a video in tribute to those who lost their lives on the Malaysia Airlines plane that's believed to have been shot down in the Ukraine last week. Prior to that incident, Katy had worked with UNICEF to produce a video, using her song "Unconditionally, in support of the 35 million people living with HIV. A number of those who lost their lives on the plane were traveling to an International AIDS conference, where the video was to have been launched.
"Now, I would also like to dedicate this video to them, to honor them, and to all the victims of MH17," Katy wrote on Facebook.