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.
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.
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.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC5 Seconds of Summer will be opening for One Direction on the band's Where We Are tour. which starts its U.S. leg August 4. After they finish those dates, however, they'll be playing their first-ever area headlining concert.
The show will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles on November 15. Ticket pre-sales start this Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m. local time in old-school fashion: you'll have to line up at the Forum box office.
The parking lot at the Forum will open at 3 a.m., and fans will be issued wristbands on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 7 a.m. There'll even be a place where parents can wait while you stand in line. There's a four-ticket per person limit, and any tickets not sold Saturday will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Sunday at Ticketmaster.com.
5 Seconds of Summer's self-titled debut is in stores now. They'll perform on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, and are also booked for the MTV VMAs August 24.
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.