Courtesy of NetflixSia, Pink and James Bay are among a slew of artists tackling The Beatles catalog for a new animated children’s series inspired by the Fab Four’s classic tunes.
The artists will be covering famous Beatles songs for Beat Bugs, which is set to premiere on Netflix this August. The series, about a group of tiny insect pals who live in a suburban backyard, will incorporate the songs into its storylines
Sia will be singing "Blackbird" and Pink will do her own rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." It's not yet known what song James Bay will be covering, but other songs to be featured in the program include "All You Need Is Love," "Come Together," "Help!," "Penny Lane," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Yellow Submarine."
The producers of Beat Bugs were able to secure a deal to use compositions from John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Northern Songs catalog.
You can check out the show's teaser trailer now on YouTube.
ABC/Randy HolmesCarly Rae Jepsen paid tribute to Fleetwood Mac Tuesday, during the first night of Fleetwood Mac Fest in Los Angeles. She opened the show with a cover of the classic rock band’s song “Hold Me.”
Others who performed at Fleetwood Mac Fest included Mark Ronson, comedian Sarah Silverman and rocker Courtney Love. At the end of the concert, the show’s participants joined in for a group cover of "The Chain."
The second night of Fleetwood Mac Fest will be held tonight, February 10 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicBruno Mars has finally processed his thoughts about that epic Super Bowl 50 halftime performance on Sunday. In an Instagram post Tuesday, he thanked Coldplay and Beyonce for the experience.
“I had front row seats and witnessed these two incredible artist do their thing,” Bruno writes. “Thank you Coldplay for inviting the squad and I to perform our tune. We were all very honored to be a part of such a positive uplifting show. Thank You Beyonce for continuing to bless the world with that fire / hot sauce.”
He also showed his gratitude to the NFL for all their hard work, and to Versace, for dressing him and his dancers.
In another Instagram post, he hinted that he might be back on the halftime stage for Super Bowl 52. “See y'all at Super Bowl 52 Ayyyyyyyy!!” he writes. “I'm jus joking.. Or am I ??? You never know bro. You jus never knowwww.”
Bruno previously headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2014.
Eric Ray Davidson for GQPeople have been speculating about Justin Bieber’s relationship status with model Hailey Baldwin ever since he posted an Instagram photo of the two passionately smooching to ring in the New Year. The pair was most recently spotted spending Super Bowl weekend together. So are they dating or not?
Justin hasn’t yet confirmed if their friendship has turned romantic, but he reveals to GQ magazine that the two are quite close. In his first cover story with the mag, he says Hailey is “someone I really love,” adding that they “spend a lot of time together.”
While that doesn’t do much to clear up any rumors, Justin does clarify the meaning of his hit song “Sorry.” He tells GQ it’s not about apologizing for his past behavior.
“People ran with that,” he says, “that I was like, apologizing with that song and stuff. It really had nothing to do with that…It was about a girl.”
He adds, “Everyone when they start growing up realizes, ‘Man, I did some dumb sh** when I was younger.’ It’s not just me…If I could go back I wouldn’t really change much. I think it’s all my journey. That stuff made me who I am.”
Justin’s full GQ interview comes out tomorrow, February 11.
Image Group LA/ABCIs Demi Lovato itching to get hitched? During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, the singer says her longtime boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, has yet to propose -- but drops the hint that maybe he should start ring shopping.
"I don't see a ring," she tells Ellen after being questioned about engagement rumors. "I wouldn't mind if I saw one, but there's time for everything."
While she’d love for Wilmer to put a ring on it, sounds like Demi won’t be giving him any ultimatums any time soon. "We've been together this long, obviously I'm not going anywhere and vice versa," she says.
The adorable couple -- who often sing each other’s praises on social media -- have been together on and off for about five-and-half years. Demi set her sights on the actor when she was just 17. "I met him six years ago,” she says. “We were friends at first -- I mean, I was head over heels and he was like, 'Stay away until you're old enough.’”
Demi is now 23, and Wilmer is 36. On Monday, the two went on a pre-Valentine’s Day date and Demi documented it on Instagram. "I'm SO IN LOVE WITH THIS MAN," she captions the pic. "I went makeup free on a super romantic date we had because that's when he thinks I'm the prettiest.”
Image Group LA/ABC By the end of this month, Sam Smith could very well be an Oscar winner -- his James Bond theme "The Writing's on the Wall" is nominated for Best Original song at the February 28 ceremony. But Sam says he'd like to see a three-time Oscar-winner play him in a future biopic...just not one you'd expect.
Asked by E! who he'd cast as himself if a movie were to be made of his life, Sam thought a bit and then answered, "Meryl Streep. For sure. 100 percent. I think she could smash it!"
Sam and his writing partner Jimmy Napes also told E! why it seemed to be destiny that they'd be tapped to write a James Bond theme.
"It's actually quite amazing for us," Sam said. "On one of our first ever sessions that we had together, we wrote a song that had a kind of Bond sound to it and from then, we were saying that it [would be] just a dream for us to do this. But I never thought it was gonna happen in, like, the first few years of my career. So it's truly a gift, y'know? We feel like we've already won."
Sam's competition in the Best Original Song category includes such heavy hitters as Lady Gaga and The Weeknd, so perhaps he shouldn't clear a space on his trophy shelf quite yet.
Alasdair McLellan Surprise: Adele will be playing a special one-night only show in Los Angeles Friday. The exclusive concert will take place at The Wiltern.
Don't bother with that plane ticket, though. To score admission to the event, you must be a California-area resident registered with Adele.com.
The L.A. show comes ahead of the European leg of Adele's tour, which kicks off February 29 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Adele will be back in the States for her North American tour on July 5. That trek includes six shows at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
Back in November, Adele played a one-night only engagement at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, a few days before the release of her album 25.
Interscope RecordsAfter teasing the track listing for her long-awaited new solo album online Tuesday night, Gwen Stefani has now confirmed the disc's title and release date.
As Gwen hinted, the album is indeed called This Is What the Truth Feels Like. The cover is a close-up glamour shot of the singer, with flowers, hearts and tears scribbled in marker over it. The album title and her name are also scrawled in marker. A deluxe version of the album is now available for pre-order at Target.com; the standard version of the album will be available for pre-order on Friday at all other outlets. The album itself is due March 18.
Gwen will make a big splash at the Grammy Awards Monday night by shooting her new music video live during the telecast. That will take place during a four-minute commercial break at some point during the evening. The clip will be for the song "Make Me Like You," which is being released Friday, directed by Sophie Muller. In addition to catching it during the telecast on CBS, fans will also be able to see a "second view" of the action via Periscope, Facebook Live and Snapchat.
“Target has an incredible legacy of creating unexpected moments in music, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with them to create my new music video on live television next Monday,” says Gwen in a statement.
So far, Gwen has released the single "Used to Love You" from the disc. The song she put out last year, "Spark the Fire," isn't on the album.
Here is the official track listing for the Target edition of This Is What the Truth Feels Like:
1. "Misery" 2. "You’re My Favorite" 3. "Where Would I Be" 4. "Make Me Like You" 5. "Truth" 6. "Used to Love You" 7. "Send Me a Picture" 8. "Red Flag" 9. "Asking for It" 10. "Naughty" 11. "Me Without You" 12. "Rare" 13. "Rocket Ship" (Target exclusive) 14. "Getting Warmer" (Target exclusive) 15. "Obsessed" (Target exclusive) 16. "Splash" (Target exclusive)
Jennifer CuellarRihanna released her new album ANTI a couple of weeks ago, but if that wasn’t baby-friendly enough for you, the children’s music series Rockabye Baby! will be releasing Lullaby Renditions of Rihanna next month.
The compilation album features soothing instrumental interpretations of Rihanna’s hits including, "We Found Love," "Diamonds" and "Rude Boy." It comes out March 25.
The CD liner notes include Rihanna-themed children's games and a baby food recipe based on one of her song titles: “Umpearella.”
Here’s the Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Rihanna track list:
"We Found Love" "Diamonds" "Umbrella" "Don't Stop the Music" "SOS" "Disturbia" "Only Girl (in the World)" "Pour It Up" "Rude Boy" "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" "Stay" "Take a Bow"
Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagicKanyeWest is apparently standing by Bill Cosby amid numerous sexual assault allegations against the comedian.
West voiced his support for Cosby in a tweet on Tuesday that simply read, "BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!"
The rapper hasn't offered any further explanations for the post.
It's the first time West has weighed in on the Cosby scandal, although in his song "Facts" -- released at the end of December -- he raps, "Do anybody feel bad for Bill Cosby? Did he forget the names just like Steve Harvey?"
Cosby has been charged with aggravated indecent assault in a sexual assault case in Pennsylvania. Dozens of other women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, though the comedian hasn't been criminally charged in any other case.
ABC/Fred LeeRachel Platten's smash hit "Fight Song" was an empowerment anthem which she specifically wrote to give herself a boost because she was so frustrated with her career. Fans have adopted her current hit, "Stand by You," as an anthem as well, but she says she didn't really write it with such lofty goals in mind.
"I don’t write normally with an intention to bring a message. I wish could do that more intentionally, but I think when I try too hard, those come off forced and fake earnest," she tells ABC Radio. "'Stand by You' was just... I was truly feeling strong and I have someone in my life I love very much, and the song was just a love song for that person."
Like "Fight Song," "Stand by You" has now topped Billboard's Adult Pop Songs chart. They're both from Rachel's major label debut, Wildfire, and you'll hear both those songs when she kicks off her headlining tour February 26. Rachel says she plans to apply what she learned touring last year with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri to her own tour. Her takeaway? That no matter how many bells and whistles you have, the music is always the most important thing about a concert.
"I hope to -- even as I’m growing in the pop sphere and getting excited with production and learning to dance and loving all of that -- I am gonna absolutely remain true to my roots and have a band, have a live band," she tells ABC Radio. "And have moments just like it used to be with me [playing clubs in New York City], just jamming with my best friends on stage."
This week, Rachel will get a chance to warm up for the tour by performing a series of shows aboard a cruise ship. She, as well as Andy Grammer and Phillip Phillips, is one of several performers on Train's annual Sail Across the Sun fan cruise, which sets sail from Miami on Thursday. Rachel says during the cruise, she'll mostly be focused, not on playing, but on trying not to throw up.
"I imagine it’s going to be me taking a lot of Dramamine and sitting in one place and hopefully not getting nauseous!" she laughs.
Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FXNow that Lady Gaga’s a Golden Globe-winning actress, she’ll likely be in high demand for more acting gigs. But her fiancé, Taylor Kinney, is holding out hope that she’ll one day appear on his show, Chicago Fire.
He tells People magazine Gaga is welcome to guest-star on the NBC series any time. "I feel like that's always an open invitation,” he says. “Sure, yeah."
Taylor has long been supportive of Gaga’s acting career, and even helped her read lines for her role on American Horror Story: Hotel. While they may not be sharing the screen together just yet, they are sharing wedding planning duties.
Taylor addresses rumors that they’re considering an Italian destination ceremony. “I heard that I was getting married in Italy,” he says. “I want to know if I can go. Do I get to come to this thing? It sounds like an amazing party. I want to go.”
He wouldn’t reveal any actual details about their nuptials but he did predict Gaga would be wearing “something special.”
And for those of you wondering why he wasn’t at the Super Bowl to witness his future bride belt the national anthem on Sunday, Taylor says he was at an event celebrating his TV Guide cover.
"I'm just proud. I just wanted her to take her time and really just enjoy the moment for what it was," he says of Gaga's performance, adding, "To be on that stage in front of as many people that were watching and to represent not only the song but the country was a pretty big deal. I thought that she really took the bull by the horns and did a great job.”
All eyes will be on Gaga again on Monday, when she takes the stage at the Grammy Awards to pay tribute to late rock legend David Bowie, who she cites as her biggest inspiration. She tells Extra, "It's hard to talk about. I would never be here without him — I would've thought I was too weird — and I never gave up because I thought he was the coolest ever.”
SYCO/Columbia Records Little Mix has released the video for their new single “Secret Love Song,” featuring Jason Derulo.
With London’s Tower Bridge looming in the background, the girls -- Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall -- take turns singing the wistful ballad about a hidden relationship.
“Why can’t you hold me in the street/Why can’t I kiss you on the dance floor/I wish that it could be like that/Why can’t it be like that/’Cause I’m yours,” they sing.
Jason, who co-wrote the song, sings his part from an apartment overlooking the city.
The song is the second single from the British girl group’s third album Get Weird, following "Black Magic."
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIf you’ve watched Taylor Swift’s elaborate “Out of the Woods” video and wondered how it was made, Taylor and her trusted director Joseph Kahn are now ready to reveal their secrets.
In new behind-the-scenes footage, we get to see how the video came together using a mix of stunning New Zealand locations, intricately designed sets and a dash of CGI magic.
The visual, which premiered during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, features Taylor enduring some harsh outdoor conditions. She crawls through mud, runs from wolves and contends with both snow and wildfires. In the end, it’s revealed that she was on a journey to find herself.
Taylor admits that of all the scenes, she was dreading the muddy one the most. “I’m not excited for it,” she says in the behind-the-scenes clip. “It’s gonna be terrible. It’s gonna be gloppy and cold and slimy and I’m gonna be crawling in it. I have to meet a friend later. There’s gonna be a lot to explain.”
Chapman BaehlerLukas Graham has lined up their first headlining North American tour. The Danish band -- fronted by the singer of the same name -- will kick off the trek on March 28 in Los Angeles, just a few days after their self-titled album is released on March 25.
The tour will hit cities including Seattle, Chicago and New York, before wrapping up on May 12 in Boston. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 12, with more dates still to be announced.
Lukas Graham's album, featuring the hit single "7 Years," is now available for pre-order.
Here is the list of dates:
3/28 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour 3/31 -- Los Angeles, CA, Resident 4/3 -- Montreal, QC, Petite Campus 4/4 -- Toronto, ON, Velvet Underground 4/11 -- Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge 4/12 -- Seattle, WA, The Crocodile 4/14 -- San Francisco, CA, POPSCENE @Rickshaw Stop 4/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The State Room 4/18 -- Denver, CO, Marquis Theater 4/20 -- St. Louis, MO, The Firebird 4/21 -- Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall 4/22 -- Detroit, MI, The Shelter 4/24 -- Norfolk, VA, Norva Theater 4/25 -- Charlotte, NC, Visulite Theatre 5/3 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues - Cambridge Room 5/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Vinyl 5/6 -- Nashville, TN, 3rd and Lindsley 5/8 -- Washington, D.C., U Street Music Hall 5/9 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom 5/11 -- Brooklyn, NY, Rough Trade 5/12 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
Image Group LA/ABCPentatonix will be making beautiful harmonies together out on the road this spring. The a cappella group has announced the first tour dates for their 2016 world tour.
The North American leg of the trek will begin April 13 in Sunrise, Florida and conclude May 12 in Columbia, Maryland. The group will be touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which has been officially certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
A pre-sale for members of the crowdfunding platform Patreon starts Wednesday, February 10 at 10 a.m. local time. Venue and promoter pre-sales begin Thursday, February 11 at 10 a.m. local time in select markets. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 12, also at 10 a.m. local time.
Here is a list of the tour dates:
4/13 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center 4/14 -- Orlando, FL, CFE Arena – University of Central Florida 4/16 -- Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena At The BJCC 4/17 -- St. Louis, MO, Saint Louis University – Chaifetz Arena 4/19 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 4/21 -- Broomfield, CO, 1STBANK Center 4/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center 4/24 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre 4/26 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at the Moda Center 4/27 -- Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater 4/28 -- Vancouver, BC, Pacific Coliseum 4/30 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 5/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theater 5/3 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 5/4 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 5/5 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center 5/7 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center 5/8 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center 5/10 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Area 5/11 -- Raleigh, NC, The Red Hat Amphitheater 5/12 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
Shortly after Kanye Westchallenged everyone to guess what the acronym for his upcoming album, T.L.O.P, stands for, Twitter users have flooded Ye's comment section with various ideas.
There were serious guesses, ranging from "The Love of Power" to "the Lord of Pop," and some even speculated that it was a hint the album is Kanye's last. "I have a feeling it's The Last Original Project or The Last Official Project," one fan guessed.
One commenter hoped the title was "The Laptop of Prominence -- an album against Kanye's cousin," referring to the rapper's family remember who stole his computer and demanded $250,000 in return.
Another doubted that Kanye himself even knows what it means: "I won't be surprised if the letters have zero meaning at all."
As previously reported, Kanye is offering free Yeezy sneakers and tickets to his Yeezy Season 3 event at New York City's Madison Square Garden to the person who guesses the meaning behind the initials.