ABC/Lou RoccoOne Direction just celebrated their fourth anniversary as a group, but how well do you really know Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall? Well, get ready to become a lot more familiar with the lads, because they've just announced their official autobiography.
Called Who We Are, the book will arrive in stores September 25, and in an Instagram video announcing the project, the band promises it'll give you the real scoop. "You've been with them through every step of this story," says the video. "This is how it feels to be inside the world of One Direction. This is Who We Are."
The Amazon description of the book says it's 1D's "first in-depth autobiography," offering "new, intimate insight into their lives." Among the burning questions answered: What did they really think of each other when they first met? What inspires their songwriting? How do they handle life on the road and long breaks away from those they care about and love? And what do they think is next?
The book is also filled with never-before-seen photos, drawings and notes, through which they'll "lay themselves bare in a way we’ve never seen before." No, unfortunately, that doesn't mean that Harry Styles is getting naked in the pages.
The North American leg of One Direction's Where We Are tour gets underway next month.
Courtesy The Weinstein CompanyTaylor Swift is one of the stars of the much-anticipated movie The Giver, in which she appears opposite such acting heavyweights as Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Not only did she bond with Bridges on set, but according to the Oscar-winning actor, they got to spend some of their downtime jamming.
Bridges is also a musician who's recorded a few albums and toured. He told reporters at Comic-Con in San Diego this week, "Taylor was so terrific. Our scenes we had together, a lot of [them] were at a piano. So, we [both being] lovers of music, we talked a lot about music, and we got to pick a little between set-ups and stuff."
So what did Bridges think of Taylor's performance in The Giver? She plays Rosemary, a small but crucial role, and her character has a deep connection to The Giver, played by Bridges. "She's so, so sweet and such a good actress," he said. "And, of course, a phenomenal songwriter and musician."
So, does he think Taylor has a future as an actress? "Oh, I think so. Yeah!" he replied.
The Giver is Taylor's third film: her first was 2010's Valentine's Day. She also voiced a role in the 2012 animated film The Lorax. On TV, she's appeared on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and New Girl, and has hosted Saturday Night Live.
Patrick Fraser/RCA RecordsKesha's had no problem getting people to listen to her music since going all the way to #1 with her song "TiK ToK" in 2010, but there was a time in her career when she had to resort to desperate measures.
The Rising Star expert visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night and explained how after moving to Los Angeles when she was 17 years old, she broke into her idol Prince's house to deliver a CD with some of her songs on it.
Kesha told Fallon sneaking into the "Purple Rain" singer's home was actually pretty easy. She slipped his gardener five bucks not to say anything and sneaked under the fence. She made it to the front door, which was unlocked, and walked into the house.
"Everything was purple velvet, so I was very pleased that my fantasy had come true and there really was purple velvet," she recalls.
"I walk into the elevator," she continues, "and there's Prince music playing...I go up in the elevator and I come out...and there's Prince playing the guitar with a beanie on and I almost pooped my pants."
Rising Star airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC)MTV's fashion show House of Style is coming back with a "Fancy" new host: Iggy Azalea.
The channel is officially reviving the show, which first started back in 1989 with original host Cindy Crawford. The new series debuts on August 4, and according to MTV, Iggy says it'll be "wild, crazy, fun and fascinating, all at the same time."
The eight-episode run will, as usual, focus on the intersection between fashion and music, with behind-the-scenes looks at designers, visits to video sets and shopping excursions.
Iggy will also host a House of Style VMA fashion special on August 26 at 7 p.m. ET; she'll wrap up all the style highlights of this year's MTV VMAs, which airs August 24.
Matt Sayles/Invision for Staples/AP ImagesDuring the North American leg of her PRISMATIC U.S. tour, Katy Perry has teamed with Staples to help make teachers' lives easier. Now, she's debuted a PSA explaining the initiative, which is called "Make Roar Happen."
Staples, which is sponsoring Katy's tour, has pledged to donate $1 million do DonorsChoose.org, a charity that helps fund classroom projects for teachers. Many teachers don't have the funding they need to purchase supplies and materials for their classrooms, so they end up using their own money instead. DonorsChoose.org provides teachers with the cash so they don't have to do that.
In the PSA, Katy is shown standing on a stage while various instruments disappear around her. "Imagine going onstage without any guitars, or keyboards, drums, or a microphone and being expected to roar," she says. "Tough, right? It’s the same with our teachers who are using their own money so students can learn."
She then talks about DonorsChoose.com, and Staples' donation. "Join us," she adds. "Let's make Roar happen!"
If you'd rather watch a video that focuses on Katy's music, she's got you covered there, too. She's just debuted a retro-inspired lyric video for her song "This Is How We Do," and she writes on Instagram, "To learn the lyrics to my new song, THIS IS HOW WE DO, simply watch the graphically enhanced word by word recount of this certified club banger, and you too will know all the words! The REAL words! Not just what you thought I said, but what I actually said!"
"Impress your friends, and keep your karaoke game on point," she adds. "Bask in the neon glow and airbrushed aura of this lyric video. It's guaranteed to keep your party trill." In case you're unfamiliar, "trill" is a slang term that's combination of the words "true" and "real," and it's commonly used in hip-hop.
than Miller/Getty Images via ABCFashion Rocks, a star-studded concert event, will return for the first time in about five years on September 9. This year's show will air on CBS, live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and feature performances from Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nico & Vinz and Usher, among others.
Ryan Seacrest will host the show, which also will feature sets by Afrojack, Duran Duran, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers KISS, Rita Ora and country stars Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry. More artists, as well as celebrity presenters, will be announced soon.
The show's executive producer said in a statement, "Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before. For the first time we’ll air the event live during Fashion Week from Barclays Center. It will be a spectacular affair, featuring some of the world’s most talented musicians as well as today’s hottest fashions.”
Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, August 1 via Ticketmaster. Fashion Rocks normally has a charity component but that hasn't been announced yet.
The first Fashion Rocks concert, which raised more than a million dollars for charity, took place in London, and acts on the bill included Beyonce and Duran Duran. Over the years, the shows have taken place in New York City, Monte Carlo and Brazil, and have featured stars ranging from Mariah Carey and Shakira, to Gwen Stefani, The Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyurs, Rihanna and Alicia Keys.
Republic RecordsAriana Grande is currently mourning the passing of her beloved grandfather, but the idea of her new single may be the one thing that's cheering her up. Next week, "Bang Bang," her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, arrives, and Nicki is getting fans hyped by releasing a snippet of her verse on Instagram.
In the rapid-fire verse, Nicki spits, "Get a ride in the engine that could, Go!/Batman Robin it/ Bang bang cockin’ it/ Queen Nicki dominant/Prominent/ It’s me, Jessie, and Ari/ If they test me they sorry."
As previously reported, "Bang Bang" will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana's forthcoming album My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie's upcoming album, due this fall. "Bang Bang," co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin, arrives July 29.
Andrew Zaeh/Island Def JamAmerican Authors will take part in the Honda Civic Tour this fall. Now we know the dates.
The just-revealed leg begins October 1 in Reno, Nevada, and takes them through a November 11 appearance in New Haven, Connecticut. Supporting them on the tour will be The Mowglis, plus either Echosmith or Oh Honey on select dates.
Tickets for the new shows will go on sale August 1. You can browse ticket info and the complete list of dates at HondaCivicTour.com.
The initial leg of the Honda Civic Tour, featuring Grouplove, launches August 10 in Seattle.
American Authors is currently touring with OneRepublic.
Credit: Ben WattsEd Sheeran likes a drink now and then, and he admits that from time to time, he's definitely overindulged, both in alcohol and drugs. But he says there's nothing wrong with that: it's all just one big learning experience.
Speaking to the U.K. paper the Daily Mail, Ed says, "There have been a couple of times over the past few years [when I've gotten wasted], but it’s not a regular thing. It happens when I’m under an immense amount of stress and pressure, and things just build up. But it’s not as dark as people make out. It’s educational."
How so? "It’s not so much about temptation or peer pressure, it’s just about being in situations and wanting to experience things, so that later on in life I can say, 'Well, I’ve done that, I’ve done this, I enjoyed that, this wasn’t so much fun,'” he explains. "I'm not trying to rebel. I'm just doing what anyone would do at my age."
Of course, most people Ed's age aren't keeping the company that he keeps. He recalls to the Daily Mail, "‘I was at a [Oscar] party in Hollywood, and the first person I bumped into was Paul McCartney. We got chatting, although when you’re in that situation you don’t really know what to say, so you’re just like, 'Hey man, how are you? Shall we get a drink? Yeah, let’s get a drink.' We were interrupted, and I was a bit annoyed. Then I looked at the person who’d interrupted us and it was Prince."
That same night, Ed recalls, he got drunk and ended up sitting next to Pink, babbling about how much he likes her music.
Ed, however, says he isn't stunned and shocked that he ends up in parties surrounded by megastars.
"I knew exactly why I was there," he says of that Oscar party. "I’ve worked my a** off. Regardless of whether my music is any good or not, I’ve really put in the hours."
Ben WattsJustinBieber is grabbing the attention of police yet again.
Beverly Hills Police responded to six calls last weekend from Bieber's neighbors complaining of loud parties and disruptive fans, police told ABC News.
Four of the calls were related to parties at the singer's Beverly Hills condo, as well as the rooftop of his complex on July 19 and 20, while two more calls were in regard to his fans on the sidewalk, police said.
Police would like the controversial star, 20, to calm down if he's going to live in their city.
“We enforce the laws of Beverly Hills and we will, of course, respond when neighbors call," Beverly Hills Police Department Sgt. Matt Subin said. "We request that if Mr. Bieber has these parties that he tone it down. We always look at the circumstances, and if the party is too loud we will ask him to please turn down the music and/or shut down the party.”
Subin added that Bieber has cooperated when they show up and that "he does turn down the music."
"But it is often a cat-and-mouse game," Subin said. "We are reaching out to his staff to advise them of certain penalties of the party calls that we are receiving in the hopes we can work together to eliminate these calls. We request he is a good neighbor of Beverly Hills. We want him to be respectful to his neighbor’s wishes, as he is again in a condo that is densely populated in close proximity of other residents.”
In the end, Bieber was not cited, just given verbal warnings.
These incidents were Bieber's latest in a string of run-ins with the law, including an alleged egging incident in January to which the singer pleaded no contest, got probation and was required to attend an anger management course.
Stian Andersen/Warner Bros. RecordsThursday night, Bruno Mars welcomes a special guest to his tour: "Am I Wrong" hitmakers Nico & Vinz. They'll be opening for Bruno for the rest of this month and into August, replacing Pharrell Williams, who bowed out of the tour due to scheduling conflicts. The Norwegian duo says if fans get there early enough to check out their set, be prepared to get on your feet.
"We'll try to make you dance at some point," Vinz tells ABC News Radio, describing the duo's live show. "I guess our goal is just to have fun on stage and hope that that will make you have fun as well. And really have that energy, and just make it...more than just a show: just, like, a great experience."
"We love to perform. When we're on stage, we feel free," Nico adds. "It don't matter if it's five people in front of us or five thousand, we just like to stand on stage and sing. That's the reason why we came into this. Writing music and performing, those are the two most fun things. And also meeting people around the world!"
Their hit "Am I Wrong," definitely a contender for the Song of the Summer, has done just that: allowed the duo to expand beyond Norway and meet people around the world. But there's also been an unexpected side effect: the song is actually inspiring people to try and realize their own dreams, just as Nico & Vinz have done.
"When we get [that] type of feedback, that's probably the most gratifying to hear," says Vinz of the stories fans tell them about how "Am I Wrong" has changed their lives. "That's a huge bonus as well!" laughs Nico. "I can't forget that...that's really rewarding."
Nico & Vinz's run with Bruno ends August 17. They plan to release their U.S. debut album Black Star Elephant later this year.
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: 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.