XL Recordings/ColumbiaAny artist who hoped fans would spend the holiday weekend running out to purchase their latest album should lower their expectations, because it seems as though nobody's buying anything but Adele.
Billboard reports that, having already broken 'N SYNC's all-time record for one-week sales, Adele's new album, 25, is projected to sell three million copies by the end of the sales tracking week, which takes place at close of business on Thursday. We'll find out the final tally on Sunday.
To get an idea of just how much Adele is utterly dominating music sales right now, Billboardreports sales of 25 and the tracks from the album will capture 42% of all recorded music sales this week. By comparison, back in 2000, when 'N SYNC set the record by selling 2.4 million copies of their album No Strings Attached in its debut week, that only represented 16.7% of all recorded music sales. Of course, that's because back in 2000, music sales were about two-and-a-half times higher than they are today.
Want to really be impressed? According to Billboard, adjusting for that "deflation" of overall music sales today, if 25 were released back in 2000, its projected first-week sales would be the equivalent of around 7.59 million units.
FOXWant your first glimpse of Carly Rae Jepsen as a Pink Lady? Fox has released its first Grease: Livepromo, featuring the singer as beauty school dropout Frenchy.
Carly sports red hair and an all-pink ensemble for the role, which was played by Didi Conn in the 1978 film. Julianne Hough stars as Sandy, Les Miserables actor Aaron Tveit plays Danny, Vanessa Hudgens is bad girl Rizzo, and Scream Queens’Keke Palmer is Marty Maraschino.
Jessie J will be kicking off the live broadcast with a performance of a new version of “Grease (Is the Word),” which was first heard in the animated opening title sequence of the film starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. The film, of course, is based on the award-winning 1971 stage musical.
Grease: Live will air Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 7 p.m. ET live/PT tape-delayed on Fox.
V Magazine and Inez & VinoodhLady Gaga is adding one more job title to her already extensive resume. The singer/actress will be guest editing the spring preview issue of V Magazine, as well as appearing on its cover.
This marks the first time the magazine has handed over the reins to a guest editor-in-chief, and Gaga has already enlisted some of her famous fashion collaborators to help her put it all together.
"This issue of V is about all of these people coming together to express a passion for art and fashion, to really 'go there' to make a great statement and to change things,” Gaga tells the mag.
She adds, “These are people who have kept me and protected me over the years, because they've wanted me to survive…that’s part of the message of this issue: we have to carry each other through the decades and take care of one another and honor each other's work.”
By including her fashion confidants in the issue -- her “fashion guard,” as she calls them -- Gaga wants to thank them as well as make their work known to the world. According to E! News, she'll be featuring the work of photographers Nick Knight, Steven Klein, and Inez and Vinoodh.
V Magazine editor-in-chief Stephen Gan says choosing Gaga as a guest editor was an easy decision. "She is gathering together true talents and all those who have inspired her about art and fashion…her closest collaborators…for what I hope will be a surprising and groundbreaking Spring Preview issue,” Stephen tells E! News.
Image Group LA/ABCWALKTHE MOON may have come up empty-handed at the American Music Awards this past weekend, but that doesn't mean they're not full of gratitude for the most successful year of their career.
"It's been a huge year for us, you know? We really have a lot to be thankful for," guitarist Eli Maiman tells ABC News Radio. "We've had a lot of success off of 'Shut Up and Dance,' it's obviously taken us a lot of places this year."
"So we're reflecting on how grateful we are for that experience, and looking forward to heading into the new year with a new single and more touring," he adds.
Not only did WALK THE MOON earn three American Music Award nods, but they also were nominated for an MTV VMA and a Teen Choice Award. There's also the prospect of a Grammy nod for "Shut Up and Dance" -- not out of the realm of possibility for the Ohio-based band. 2015 was also the year they got the Taylor Swift stamp of approval, when she welcomed them as special guests to her show at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass in July.
ABC/Eric McCandlessIt was the end of the road for Nick Carter on Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars season-21 finale.
The three finalists performed one last routine -- combining two different dance styles -- for the Mirror Ball trophy.
For their dance, Nick and his partner, Sharna Burgess, combined a salsa and a tango, to Chris Brown's "Turn the Music Up." The Backstreet Boy earned 30 out of 30 for the performance, but still finished second to Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough, who were also perfect. However, Bindi and Derek's judges' scores, combined with America's votes, were higher.
The evening also included Chaka Khan performing her disco classic, "I'm Every Woman," Andy Grammer singing his hit, "Good to be Alive (Hallelujah)," and Elle King performing her song, "Ex's & Oh's."
Douglas Gorenstein/NBCAdele joined up with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots in the Tonight Show Music Room to perform her hit, "Hello," with classroom instruments.
In the recurring segment, Fallon and his house band The Roots back music artists for a version of one of their popular songs using instruments you would find in a classroom, like tambourines, xylophones, hand clappers, and kazoos.
Adele's segment, which aired on Tuesday's Tonight Show, was taped after her appearance on the show the night before.
Other artists that have joined Fallon for classroom versions of their songs include Ariana Grande, One Direction, Mariah Carey, and Madonna.
Tyler Golden/NBCFor the second week in a row, Korin Bukowski has been saved by her Voice fans.
The Team Gwen Stefani artist was saved via social media on Tuesday night's results show after facing elimination. Evan McKeel of Team Pharrell Williams got the boot instead.
Pharrell now has one artist remaining on his team: Madi Davis. He lost Mark Hood on last week's results show.
Before the voting began, Korin and Evan both performed for a chance to be saved. Korin sang "She Will Be Loved" by Voice coach Adam Levine's band, Maroon 5, while Evan took on "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green.
During the one-hour broadcast, Gwen joined her artists for a performance of New Radicals' "You Get What You Give," and Adam sang the Beach Boys' “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” with his team.
The show began with guest Brad Paisley performing “Country Nation.”
The top 10 will take the stage next Monday night on NBC.
Image Group LA/ABCAlessia Cara won't be celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday for two reasons: one, she'll be on a plane to London, and two, she's Canadian, and their Thanksgiving takes place the second Monday in October, so she's already been there, done that this year. But that doesn't mean she doesn't have her favorite Thanksgiving foods.
"Mashed potatoes. I love mashed potatoes," she tells ABC Radio. "Anything carbs? Me." So, are we talking garlic mashed potatoes? Truffle mashed potatoes? No, Alessia's a purist. "Regular just with some nice butter on it, like, a whole stick of butter just on top of my mashed potatoes is perfect!" she drools.
Alessia also has plenty to give thanks about: her debut single "Here" is a top 10 hit and her new album Know-It-All also debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard chart. Not only that, but Taylor Swift is a big fan. "Oh my gosh, I’m most thankful for just my life in general," she tells ABC Radio. "I think I’m at a really good place and I’m just thankful for everything about my life right now."
However, life certainly has changed for the 19-year-old singer, who was discovered three years ago on YouTube: she's now officially famous. "It’s really crazy," she tells ABC Radio. "It’s just so weird to think that people know me -- like if I’ve never met them before and they know my name. It’s really scary but awesome. I love it!"
Next month, Alessia will perform at a bunch of Christmas shows, and then kick off her first headlining tour January 15 in Montreal, Canada.
Pamela LittkyTrain frontman Pat Monahan always swore that he and his band would never perform at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, but this Thursday on NBC, that's just what they'll be doing. So why did he change his mind? It's because he says this was the first year that it actually makes sense for the band to do it.
"I promised to never do the parade because you can’t do live performances," Monahan tells ABC Radio. "I said, 'Unless we come out with a Christmas record. Then it’ll make sense, because the Macy’s Day Parade is all about Christmas.'”
Well, that's just what Train has done: their first holiday album, Christmas in Tahoe, is out now, and the first single, "Merry Christmas Everybody," is already shaping up to be a big hit. That still doesn't mean that Monahan's thrilled about lip-syncing, though.
"I always watch the Macy’s Day Parade and always enjoy it, but…there’s no possible way for them to set up live performances," he tells ABC Radio. "So everybody’s doing their best lip sync possible, and it’s so obvious, and it’s almost hilarious. [So] I was like, 'OK, there’s only one way you can get me to do it and that’s if we have a Christmas record.'"
While Monahan says he thinks it'll be "really cute" for his young son and daughter back home in Seattle to see him taking part in the parade, he regrets that spending most of the day in New York City means he won't be able to cook the Thanksgiving turkey for his family.
"I usually am the responsible party for the bird, and this year I have to give up the reins on that," Monahan tells ABC Radio. "And my wife just said, 'You’re gonna have to deal with it, bro.' And so, I’m hoping for the best."
As for the holiday itself, Monahan says he's thankful for the fact that his band's fans have stood by them for more than 20 years, despite numerous lineup changes.
"Train fans have seen, y'know, the good, the bad, the ugly and all the changing and everything that happens," he tells ABC Radio. "The only way for certain bands to exist in the future is to change in the present, and our fans have just been very accepting to all the changes, understanding that, y'know, that’s a part of life. And so that’s what I’m most thankful for."
The 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs Thursday on NBC. Besides Train, you'll also seeRachel Platten, Jordin Sparks, Mariah Carey, Andy Grammer, Daughtry and Plain White T's.
ABC/Craig Sjodin‘N SYNC’s No Strings Attached album held the record for first-week album sales for the past 15 years. But then Adele’s 25 came along and swiftly shattered that record to pieces. Former ‘N SYNC member Joey Fatone tells Billboard how he feels about finally being dethroned.
"Records are always meant to be broken, but with technology and current music business model, I thought this one would be tough to beat," Joey says. "In all honesty, Adele is the truth -- kinda excited a rare talent like hers is in the same breath as our group.”
He adds that he even contributed to those album sales. “I'm a huge fan....I even bought the damn album," he admits.
The 'N SYNC Twitter feed wrote on Tuesday, "We officially say Bye Bye Bye as @Adele says Hello to the Record: Most Albums Sold In a Single Week Congrats! #NSYNC."
In less than a week, Adele’s album has moved 2.433 million in pure album sales, beating ‘N SYNC’s 2.416-million sales debut for the week ending March 26, 2000. Forecasters are predicting Adele will end the week with 2.9 million in sales.
NBCUniversalNBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center will celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree with some of music’s brightest stars. Andy Grammer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pentatonix and Mary J. Blige will all be performing at the holiday event on Wednesday, December 2.
It’ll be Pentatonix’s second year in a row at the festivities. Band of Merrymakers -- made up of musicians including Christina Perri, Natasha Bedingfield and Owl City -- also will be performing. The group released a Christmas album, Welcome to Our Christmas Party, last month. Carly got into the holiday spirit, too, by releasing a cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" on Friday.
The tree this year is a 78-foot tall Norway spruce from Gardiner, New York. The hour-long special airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
Image Group LA/ABCCharlie Puth and Meghan Trainor were the talk of the AMAs Sunday, after they ended their performance of “Marvin Gaye” with an intense makeout session. Charlie tells Us Weekly he gives Meghan all the credit for suggesting the show-stopping kiss.
"It was Meghan's [idea], actually," he says, adding, "That was all planned. When I wrote 'Marvin Gaye,' the original intention was to make a record that people could just dance to and fall in love to or have sex to immediately upon hearing it."
He explains, "It kind of ties the whole performance together, me locking lips with M. Train."
Charlie does admit that the reaction to their smooch “has been insane.” Both he and Meghan have been quick to shoot down any dating rumors.
"We're best friends!" Charlie says. "That's another person I can relate to and I ask for advice with everything. We're really great friends and that's never going to change."
Daniel Sannwald/Mad Love/Interscope RecordsSesame Street’s new season debuts on HBO on January 16 and promises an array of celebrity guest stars. The iconic children show’s 46th season will include appearances from Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Sara Bareilles and Aloe Blacc.
Gwen will be singing a song called “Be a Good Friend,” while her fellow Voice coach Pharrell will sing “B Is for Book.” Sara will perform “Just Like Magic” and Aloe will sing “Everyday Hero.” Nick Jonas also will guest star on an episode, singing “Check That Shape,” and Fifth Harmony will appear to perform “That’s Music.”
As part of a new deal announced earlier this year, Sesame Street will air on HBO and after nine months, the episodes will be available for free on PBS, where the program has aired since it premiered in 1969.
This season will include 30-minute episodes, new opening and closing songs, an updated set, a new segment hosted by Cookie Monster called “Smart Cookies,” and a new cast member named Nina.
Shane McCauleyRachel Platten fans, it’s your lucky day. The singer not only has announced the title for her new album, she also revealed a string of new 2016 tour dates.
Her album -- a full-length followup to her Fight Song EP -- will be called Wildfire. “Thank you for fanning the flames all these years,” Rachel tweets to her fans. “Your endless love & support has helped inspire my new album.”
Hours later, she announced her first headlining North American trek, The Wildfire Tour. “Soo..I'm headlining my 1st tour. WHAT?!” she writes.
The dates begin February 26 in Dallas, Texas, and run through April 5 in Los Angeles. You can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, November 25 at 10 a.m. ET on RachelPlatten.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, December 3 at 10 a.m. ET.
Here is a complete list of dates:
2/26 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theater 2/27 -- Austin, TX, Emo's 2/28 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live 3/1 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom 3/2 -- Atlanta, GA, The Loft 3/4 -- Orlando, FL, Cheyenne Saloon 3/7 -- Charlotte, NC, Amos' Southend 3/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Trocadero Theatre 3/10 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 3/12 -- Boston, MA, Royale 3/14 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club 3/15 -- Millvale, PA, Mr. Smalls Theatre 3/16 -- Toronto, Canada, The Opera House 3/18 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew's Hall 3/19 -- Chicago, IL, Park West 3/20 -- Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights 3/22 -- St Louis, MO, The Ready Room 3/23 -- Lawrence, KS, Liberty Hall 3/25 -- Englewood, CO, Gothic Theatre 3/26 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot 3/28 -- Vancouver, Canada, The Vogue 3/29 -- Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom 3/30 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox 4/4 -- San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom 4/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre
Island RecordsShawn Mendes and Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello certainly make beautiful music together, but are they more than just duet partners? On The Late Late Show with James Corden last night, the host put the two young singers on the spot and asked them if they are dating.
The two, who just released their new collab “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” insisted they're just friends, but James kept prodding. “There’s no way you haven’t made out,” he said. “You totally have.”
Shawn then admitted that he’s “made a move," but Camila shuts him down every time. Camila denied that and said that Shawn “friend zones her” and calls her “kid.” But then the two backtracked completely, saying they were just kidding and restating that there’s nothing romantic going on between them.
Dana Edelson/NBCHey, Taylor Swift, looks like there’s a new squad in town. Adele was spotted hanging in New York City Monday night with actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone.
MTV News has photos of the power trio exiting a Mexican restaurant following Adele’s appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday. They all got into the same car and drove away.
Adele previously told Rolling Stone that she didn’t have a particularly glamorous “squad.” "I wish my squad was all supermodels,” Adele said, in reference to Taylor’s group of gal pals. “We are, in our brains. I guess I have my own squad. It's not as interesting as some of the other squads that are around right now."
Peter YangJustin Bieber is saying “sorry” all over the place these days. The singer has cancelled his planned appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert today, and has issued an apology on Twitter.
"My apologies to @colbertlateshow as I won't be able to make it to nyc tomorrow for the show," Justin writes. "I look forward to making it up to you soon."
He also tweets directly to Colbert, “Thank you for the understanding as sometimes life kicks our a** and we need to deal with it. I will see u soon. Thank you.”
No further details were available on Justin's reason for cancelling. His performance for the Thanksgiving Day Parade was also set to record this evening in New York City. Entertainment Tonight reports that's been cancelled as well.
XL Recordings/ColumbiaIt's official: Adele's25 now holds the record for the most albums sold in a week -- and there are still a few days left in the week.
Billboardreports that since its release Friday, 25 has already sold at least 2,433,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. That beats the record set by 'N SYNC in 2000, when their album No Strings Attached debuted with first-week sales of 2,416,000 copies.
It's important to note that this record has only been monitored since 1991, when Nielsen Music began tracking sales electronically. There's no way to know if, prior to that, another artist sold more copies in one week.
There are more than three days left in the sales tracking week, which closes at the end of Thursday. Forecasts are putting the final tally for 25 at 2.9 million. We'll find out Sunday, when all the numbers are tabulated.
Image Group LA/ABCFresh off their show-stopping Star Wars tribute at the American Music Awards on Sunday, the a cappella group Pentatonix is ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, and this year, there's no end to the things that they're thankful for.
"I think we’re just thankful for 2015," group member Scott Hoying tells ABC Radio. "This has been the most amazing year of our careers. I mean, we won a Grammy and we had a number one album on Billboard."
The group's first full album of original music, also called Pentatonix, debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart a few weeks ago. They won a Grammy earlier this year for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, for their song "Daft Punk."
"It’s just all so surreal, and to think that the fans have helped us and the music industry’s accepted us, even though we’re a very, very different type of band...we feel excited and blessed," he adds.
His band mate Kirstin Maldonado agrees. "I'm just thankful the fans have been so amazing getting us to this place," she tells ABC Radio. "And it’s been such a blessing to go across the country and see them and meet them...it’s just been so fun."
A couple of other things Pentatonix did in 2015 that were pretty cool: they appeared in Pitch Perfect 2, and toured with Kelly Clarkson.
Pentatonix has just re-released their best-selling Christmas album, That's Christmas to Me, with a bunch of extra tracks.
This year for Thanksgiving, Elle is heading to Ohio, where she was raised by her mom and stepdad. She tells ABC Radio, "I’m gonna see my paw-paw and my brother and the band that’s coming on tour with us, I’m taking them home with us. So I’ll have a nice little rock and roll band with my family, and hopefully, I’ll keep them in line."
While Elle doesn't seem like the type who'd spend much time in the kitchen, she says her favorite Thanksgiving dish is one she fixes herself. "Baked macaroni and cheese that I make; I make my maw-maw’s recipe," she tells ABC Radio. She says she's also looking forward to enjoying pumpkin pie.
Elle's headline tour continues the day after Thanksgiving with a show on Friday in Philadelphia, and wraps up November 30 in Virginia. After that, she's got a bunch of Christmas shows, and in February, she'll hit the road with Vance Joy.