Eric McCandless/CBS While nobody has confirmed it, reports are that Adele will release her long-awaited new album on November 20, and that it'll be accompanied by a huge media blitz. Now, the music industry site HitsDailyDouble has a few more tidbits about the most anticipated release of the year.
In addition to the previously reported news that she'll have her own NBC special, plus shots on Saturday Night Live, the Today show and possibly The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the site adds that Adele is likely to appear at the Grammys on February 15. A huge campaign with Target also is likely.
HitsDailyDouble also says that Adele's album will be preceded by a single in early November. If the November 20 release date changes, it would move to December 3. That's because, as the site says, "Team Adele wants nothing to do with the s*** show that ensues on...November 27." That's Black Friday, and it's usually the biggest album release day of the entire year.
The site also claims that Adele has signed a new exclusive $50 million deal with her record label for three more albums -- the new one will be the final one on her current contract.
As for what will be on the album, HitsDailyDouble says that there are 23 tracks considered for inclusion, but nobody knows which ones made the final cut. Says the site, "Adele is said to be 100% in charge of and invested in all creative decision-making."
Finally, the site states as fact that because Adele's album is coming November 20, the release date of One Direction's album was moved to November 13. That means it's coming out on the same date as Justin Bieber's new album -- and that means teenage girls everywhere will have to start saving up now, or make a very difficult choice.
Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/LP5/Getty Images for TASThis week at her St. Louis concert, Taylor Swift invited her old pal Nelly to the stage, where together they performed his 2002 hit, “Hot in Herre,” and his new song, “The Fix.” While the rapper's appearance may have surprised some, it actually marked the third time he’s joined Taylor on tour. Nelly gives Rolling Stone some insight into their unlikely friendship.
“She's like a little sister, man, she straight,” Nelly says. “I've been knowing her ever since she's been on. She calls me whenever, it don't matter, I'll knock it out for her.”
It helps that Taylor provides some sweet accommodations for her tour guests.
“And, you know, the girl's f*****’ loaded, she sends her own plane to come get you and s***, so it's not a biggie,” Nelly laughs. “It's a drop in the bucket for her, you know what I mean? It's a cool relationship. Before it's all said and done, man, she could possibly be top-five females of all time. As a matter of fact, I know she will.”
As for what a Taylor Swift private plane looks like, Nelly says, “It's a jet, man. She ain't got it all doily-ed up and nothing like that. It's better than the one I don't have.”
Like most of Taylor’s friends, Nelly has nothing but praise for the singer. “She's just a dope person,” he says. “She ain't got no ill wills or nothing like that…You rarely come across those type of people. It's kind of like, Taylor Swift and my granny. Who doesn't love both of those people?”
Mark Hunter Prom is not all it’s cracked up to be for the ladies of Little Mix in the new video for "Love Me Like You.”
Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall all get asked to the high school dance by the same dreamy guy. But they don’t realize they've been played until the end, when he stands them up for another girl.
As they lament over their ruined prom night, they sing, “Last night I lay in bed so blue/‘Cause I realized the truth, they can’t love me like you/I tried to find somebody new/Baby they ain’t got a clue, can’t love me like you.”
Little Mix’s video for “Black Magic” also took them back to high school, as a group of nerdy students who find a spell book and use it to make them popular.
"Love Me Like You,” which has a ‘50s doo-wop feel, is the latest single from the girls’ upcoming Get Weird album, out November 6.
RCA Records Taylor Swift isn’t the only one with tour surprises up her sleeve. At Maroon 5's recent Australian tour dates, Adam Levine brought out R. City to perform their hit “Locked Away.”
The band posted a video of the live Sydney performance on their Facebook page Friday, and it looks like they all had a blast sharing the stage with the energetic Caribbean duo. R. City first hit the stage with Maroon 5 on Saturday in Melbourne, then joined the band in Brisbane Monday, before finishing up in Sydney on Tuesday.
The shows were likely good practice for R. City -- brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas. They’re about to hit the road on their own tour next week. They’ll be playing select dates on the East Coast, starting October 8 in Philadelphia.
R. City’s debut album, What Dreams Are Made Of, comes out October 9.
Sony Pictures Entertainment/Capitol RecordsSam Smith has a license to make history. The singer's James Bond theme, "Writing's on the Wall," from the upcoming movie SPECTRE, has become the first Bond theme ever to top the British charts.
The song debuted at #1 on the U.K. singles chart, selling 70,000 copies.
I"It was such an honor to be asked to write and record 'Writing’s On The Wall' and it’s incredible that it’s become the first Number 1 Bond theme song," Sam told Britian's Offical Charts Company in a statement.
He added, "It’s been an unforgettable experience working with [producer] Barbara [Broccoli] and [director] Sam [Mendes] to become part of this British legacy. I couldn’t have done this without my fans -- this is a special moment I’ll never forget."
"Writing's on the Wall" is the 24th James Bond theme. Of the previous 23, only two came close to topping the U.K. charts, with Adele's "Skyfall" and Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill" both reaching #2. In the U.S., only one Bond theme has ever topped the chart: "A View to a Kill."
The song is Sam's fifth U.K. #1. At seven minutes after midnight British time Monday, October 5, Sam will unveil the song's video. October 5 is also referred to by fans as James Bond Day, because the first Bond film, "Dr. No" was released on that day in 1962.
ABC/Richard HarbaughMiley Cyrus Friday debuted her emotional new track, "Hands of Love,” from the movie Freeheld.
The swooping ballad was co-written by Linda Perry. Miley belts a message of love and empowerment: “In the hands of love, we carry on/Stronger than we started,” she sings.
“Hands of Love” serves as the theme song for Freeheld, in theaters today. Based on a true story, the film stars Julianne Moore as a terminal cancer patient fighting to pass her pension benefits to her domestic partner, played by Ellen Page.
Both Julianne and Ellen have tweeted about the song. Ellen called it “really special,” while Julianne said she’s “thrilled” Miley is a part of the movie.
Earlier this month, Miley said she was proud to have contributed a song to the film’s soundtrack. “Thank you to this incredible cast for giving a face to this incredible story and shining light on the brutal dark truth of love vs the law!" Miley wrote on Instagram.
ABC/Donna SvennevikThere’s just one more week until Selena Gomez releases her new album, Revival. To tide us over until then, the singer has released another track from the album, called “Me and the Rhythm.”
“Surprise! Preorder REVIVAL now & get one of my favs from the album #MeAndTheRhythm instantly!” Selena tweeted.
On the feel-good, disco-tinged jam, Selena sings about letting go on the dance floor. Her voice crescendos on the chorus, “All I need/Is the rhythm/Me and the rhythm/Nothing between/Yeah, the rhythm/Me and the rhythm.”
Revival hits stores and online retailers on October 9.
A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LALady Gaga is combining her love for music and fashion in a new campaign for designer Tom Ford.
The singer covers Chic’s disco classic, “I Want Your Love,” in a video featuring the designer’s spring/summer collection. As the song plays, an array of models -- including Gaga herself -- dance down the runway.
Gaga’s update on the 1978 tune has the approval of Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers -- he produced the track.
Capitol RecordsSam Smith has a special holiday gift from his fans: an expanded edition of his Grammy-winning disc In the Lonely Hour.
On Facebook, Sam wrote, "Ladies & Gents, Boys and Gals, I am so excited to announce my final surprise for you all. Here I give you... 'In The Lonely Hour Drowning Shadows Edition.'"
He adds, "This is a present directly from me to my fans. This album, this journey has changed my life. So I have listened to all your wants and wishes and put some tracks on this album that you all wanted originally. I have also got a new song, and a special new cover for you all. This is my thank you to you all, and the final bow before my second album. Love you all xx."
The two-disc reissue includes a new song called "Drowning Shadows," as well as covers of songs by Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, plus collaborations with Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Disclosure, remixes and acoustic and live tracks. It does not, however, including Sam's new James Bond theme, "Writing's on the Wall."
The album arrives November 6.
The original version of In the Lonely Hour was one of the best-selling albums of 2014 and scooped multiple Grammys earlier this year.
ABC/Lou RoccoSummer may officially be over, but that doesn't mean the music festivals have to stop. Today marks the first day of the Austin City Limits festival, which runs through Sunday in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. WALK THE MOON, one of the headliners, will play a special late-night show this evening at Austin's legendary Stubb's BBQ before taking the stage Saturday in the park. Frontman Nick Petricca says they love playing festivals because it makes them feel both comfortable and uncomfortable at the same time.
"In some ways, the festival vibe is something that feels really natural to us," Nick tells ABC Radio. "I think we feel...most at home there, y'know? With people wearing these crazy things and face paint and having this mood of community and free spirit -- that's very much our vibe."
On the other hand, Nick says that being one of dozens of acts at a festival means that the "Shut Up and Dance" hitmakers have to work extra-hard to get the attention of the fans who can only watch one artist at once.
"We're a little less comfortable, in a good way, in that it's not just a bunch of our fans," Nick says of playing a festival set. "You know, they're not already won over, so we have to win them over. So we have to fight for our lives, sort of, and we kinda get off on that energy."
Overall, though, Nick says that WALK THE MOON sees festivals as a rare opportunity to spend some time with other musical acts, who they rarely see because everyone's on tour all the time.
"It's like summer camp for us," he laughs. "You know, all the friends that you made last summer are in town again, no parents and a big sleepover! So, yeah, we love that."
If you can't make it out to Austin, select ACL sets will be streamed live at Redbull.tv. The live stream schedule includes WALK THE MOON, Vance Joy, Nate Ruess, and Hozier, among others.
WALK THE MOON will also return for the festival's second weekend, which takes place October 9-11, and then do a bunch of headlining shows.
Douglas Gorenstein/NBCMileyCyrus stopped by The Tonight Show on Thursday to plug her new digital album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, as well as hosting the season-41 premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend. She and host Jimmy Fallon also showed their emotional sides in a sketch called "Jimmy Fallon Gets Emotional with Miley Cyrus."
The bit features the 22-year-old pop star and Fallon having an emotional conversation while adapting to random emotional situations, such as "super defensive," "fake polite," "Jimmy thinks Miley's name is 'Morley,'" "one-word answers" and one-upping each other."
Cyrus also talked about Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, a 23-track album, released on her own Smiley Miley record label and co-produced in large part with The Flaming Lips member Wayne Coyne. At the MTV Video Music Awards this past August, she surprised people by announcing that the collection was available for online streaming free of charge.
"Everyone was like, 'aren't you nervous that people aren't gonna buy your album,' like I can take away that real quick, make it where they don't have to buy it." Miley explained. "And no one can really be mad at a gift. So I feel like you can really just do what you want and say that was a gift.
The "Wrecking Ball" singer also talked about her pet pig and well as her upcoming tour with The Flaming Lips, kicking off later this year.
Rhythm Nation/BMGJanetJackson has postponed the Las Vegas stops on her Unbreakable tour on the advice of her doctor.
Live Nation Entertainment announced Thursday that Jackson has postponed her October 9-10 tour dates at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino after receiving medical advice to rest her vocal cords, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Jackson is expected to be back in action in time for her October 13 date in San Francisco.
The Las Vegas tour date has been rescheduled for May 14, 2016, and moved to The MGM Grand Arena. Presale tickets for that performance will be available on October 14. Ticketholders for the October 9-10 dates will have the first opportunity for presale tickets.
ABC/Fred LeeDance music superstar Zedd is currently out on his biggest tour ever, in support of his album True Colors, and he wants as many fans as possible to see him. In fact, he just lowered the age minimum for his shows in Miami and Orlando, Florida, to 16 and over. As he tells ABC Radio, "I don’t think this music is made for 18 to 25."
After the age minimum announcement, Zedd took to Twitter to defend the decision. He urged anyone complaining about the age being lowered to “think about how it felt when you were 16 and you weren’t allowed in.” He also said that if it was his decision, he’d make every one of his shows accessible to all ages. “I believe every age group should be allowed to watch a concert/show,” he writes.
Speaking to ABC Radio a few months ago, Zedd explained that despite the image of EDM as appealing only to one particular age group, his fans span a wide range of demographics. "I love that older people or super-young people give this music a chance because I don’t think this music is made for 18 to 25; I think this kind of music can be made for absolutely everybody," he said. "So whenever I see older people in my crowd, I cheer for them."
Tonight, there will be plenty of people cheering for Zedd, since he's headlining one of the world's most famous venues: New York's Madison Square Garden.
"The most amazing thing is when you get to play a bigger venue every time you come back to the city, and you remember being in that venue and now suddenly you’re at Madison Square Garden," he tells ABC Radio. "Of course that’s the most amazing feeling, and seeing fans excited about being able to go to a show means the world to me."
The man behind hits like "Clarity," "Stay the Night," "I Want You to Know" and '"Break Free" says he loves the fact that on this tour, he's playing such huge arenas, because it means he can finally put on the kind of visually dazzling show he's always wanted to.
"This tour is obviously really important for me. It’s the first time I can actually bring the production in the rooms that I want, ‘cause I was always limited by the room size and the room height," he tells ABC Radio. "And now with rooms like Staples Center and Madison Square Garden I can actually…no one can tell me I can’t bring anything in!"
Sam Smith's Grammy-winning debut album In the Lonely Hour was full of songs about heartbreak, and it sounds like his next album may be along the same lines. Describing the project, he says that "sadness is everything."
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Sam says of his sophomore disc, "I’m three songs in and it already is [more personal and intimate than my first]. My plan is just to love harder than I’ve ever loved before, hide nothing, and embrace that I’m an imperfect human being. Oh, and sadness -- sadness is everything."
Asked if he's still lonely, Sam says, "I will forever be a lonely soul. I am, however, no longer in love with someone who doesn’t love me back." It was that unrequited love that inspired many of the songs on his debut.
He adds, "I’ll be totally honest; I’m finding it hard at the moment to date and make sure people are into me and not the future of my bank account. But I’ve never really had a boyfriend, so I’ve never known any different."
Sam's latest release "Writing's on the Wall" isn't about his own personal romantic ups and downs, though: it's the theme for the James Bond movie SPECTRE and was directly inspired by that movie's story. He says of the song, "I wanted to make something timeless and classy, an epic love song. A song that people can scream out while heartbroken and drunk at karaoke."
ABC/Fred LeeVH1 has rounded up all of this year’s You Oughta Know artists for one epic night of music. Hozier, Elle King, Tori Kelly, Nate Ruess and Rachel Platten are among the musical acts set to take the stage at the third annual You Oughta Know concert event in New York next month.
Other artists slated to perform include George Ezra, James Bay and Ella Henderson. In addition to the performances by the 2015 You Oughta Know class, the event will include never-before-seen collaborations and covers. There will also be short film profiles of each of the artists, giving viewers an inside look at their lives and careers.
The VH1 You Oughta Know franchise aims to help music fans discover new and on-the-rise talent. In the past, it has featured the likes of Adele, Ed Sheeran, Lorde and Sam Smith.
The VH1 Best Music of 2015: You Oughta Know event will take place at The Armory Foundation in New York on Thursday, November 12 at 9 p.m. ET. It will air live on VH1.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift seemed to refute reports this week that she bought a $25 million Beverly Hills mansion, but now TMZ is calling her bluff.
According to the site, property records for the estate -- formerly belonging to legendary Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn -- lead straight to Taylor. TMZ says the records show the estate changed hands from the seller to a company that’s headquartered in Nashville. The address of that business, it says, matches Taylor’s Nashville address.
When the report of Taylor’s alleged real estate venture broke earlier this week, the singer addressed it on Twitter, writing, “What the press says I'm doing: Buying a Bev Hills mansion, getting married in an English castle. What I'm doing: Playing a show in St. Louis.”
So who’s telling the truth? That remains to be seen.
Interscope RecordsSelena Gomez had some exciting news for her fans on Thursday: she's hitting the road.
In an Instagram video seemingly shot in a hotel room, Selena says, "Guys, I have a very exciting announcement. I am launching my Revival world tour. I will be going to the U.S. and Canada from May to July and then later in the year, going around cities..." Then, the video cuts off.
On Selena's website, there's a countdown clock to when the dates will be revealed -- looks like October 5 -- but you can sign up to receive the latest via email, including how to get access to tickets early.
The tour comes in support of her new album Revival, which is due out October 9.
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, IncWanna feel old? Today marks the 20th anniversary of the start of 'NSYNC. At least, that's according to member Lance Bass, who commemorated the milestone on Twitter Thursday.
"20 years ago today I met some of the coolest dudes on the planet! Wow how time flies! Happy 20th #NSYNC!!" he writes.
He also posted a happy photo of the fivesome.
While the boy band never officially broke up, they went on a permanent hiatus in 2002. Since then, Justin Timberlake became a solo superstar, Lance and Joey Fatone both competed on Dancing with the Stars, and JC Chasez served as a judge on America’s Best Dance Crew. Chris Kirkpatrick has remained largely out of the spotlight.
'NSYNC briefly reunited for a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013.