Suzanne Tenner/FX NetworksIt seems a lot of people wanted to check into Lady Gaga’s hotel. The singer’s TV acting debut on American Horror Story: Hotel Wednesday night premiered to big ratings for FX, according to Variety.
The show ranked as the night’s number two program among 18-49-year-olds, behind Fox’s Empire. According to same-night numbers released Thursday by Nielsen, the premiere averaged about 3.8 million viewers in that age group and 5.81 million viewers overall.
Those numbers are down a bit from last year’s American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere, but video-on-demand and DVR playback numbers haven’t even been included yet.
John Paul Filo/CBSBruno Mars is trying his hand at TV producing. According to Deadline, the singer is teaming up with Empire producer Brian Glazer to develop a music family comedy series for NBC.
The show will reportedly follow a loud, dysfunctional Bronx family and how they must adjust when they take in their innocent, optimistic 10-year-old nephew. While the series is not based on Bruno’s life, it will include elements of his background. It’s not yet clear how the musical aspect will be worked into the show.
NBC has given the show a put pilot commitment so far, which means the network has agreed to air the pilot either as a special or as part of a series.
Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" spent most of the summer riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and now, its accompany visual has reached an impressive milestone.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the rapper has became the first and only rapper with a music video to reach one billion views on YouTube, it only took six months for the video to do so. He now joins an elite list of entertainers with videos crossing the billion-view threshold: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, whose video for "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J has 1.1 billion views.
The Charlie Puth-assisted song is lifted from the Furious 7 soundtrack and film.
Here's the full list of music videos achieving more than one billion views:
1. PSY -- "Gangnam Style" 2,426,500,822 2. Justin Bieber -- "Baby" 1,219,883,321 3. Taylor Swift -- "Blank Space" 1,188,147,147 4. Katy Perry -- "Dark Horse" 1,121,919,001 5. Katy Perry -- "Roar" 1,085,316,510 6. Taylor Swift -- "Shake It Off" 1,073,453,852 7. Enrique Iglesias -- "Bailando" 1,070,883,424 8. Meghan Trainor -- "All About That Bass" 1,046,823,436 9. Mark Ronson --"Uptown Funk" 1,045,536,246 10. Wiz Khalifa -- "See You Again" 1,004,350,672
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIt seems Britney Spears was a hit with the cast of The CW’s Jane the Virgin. The show’s star Gina Rodriguez tells HuffPost Live what it was like working with the pop star.
"She is so incredible,” Gina says. “You can tell she just wanted to be there. 'Cause she was light, and love and giving, and it's a great episode. It's so good."
She says Britney got to show off her sense of humor in the role, and held her own with the other actors. "I mean, you can tell she's got comedy chops. Like nobody's business," Gina says.
The two even got to dance together in one scene. "I won't even tell you why or in what capacity … I'm just a better person because of it," Gina says.
On Monday, Gina posted a goofy selfie of her and Brit, and says she still can’t stop looking at it. "I swear I go back to that freaking picture so often 'cause I'm like, ‘This happened!'" she says.
Britney will be guest starring on an episode of season two as the “nemesis” of Rogelio de la Vega, who plays Jane’s biological father on the show. Jane the Virgin’s second season premieres October 12 at 9 p.m. on The CW.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute Could this be the song that gets Demi Lovato a Grammy nomination? The singer recently told Complex that “Stone Cold,” off her soon-to-be-released album Confident, is the song she most wants the Grammy committee to hear -- and now we know why.
Demi's released a video of her singing the soulful tune live in the studio, and it shows off both her vocal range and emotional depth. The piano-driven ballad is about trying to be happy for your former significant other, even after they’ve moved on with someone new.
"I want the Grammy committee to hear it so that one day they can see that I know that I'm capable of getting there. I just want people to see it finally," she told Complex of “Stone Cold.” “When I say getting there, I don't mean winning one. I just want to be nominated for one."
She added, “This is a song that I feel like is worthy of notification."
Michael Thompson for GQTaylor Swift’s first-ever cover with GQ magazine has been revealed. The singer sports a sultry look on the November issue, posing in front of the ocean with tousled beach hair and a slinky tank dress worn over a black bikini.
Writer Chuck Klosterman interviewed Taylor for the cover story. He writes, “If you don’t take Swift seriously, you don’t take contemporary music seriously...There’s simply no antecedent for this kind of career: a cross-genre, youth-oriented, critically acclaimed colossus based entirely on the intuitive songwriting merits of a single female artist.”
During the wide-ranging interview, Taylor reportedly dodged paparazzi and at one point took a surprise phone call from a person as famous as she is.
The GQ issue featuring Taylor on the cover comes out next week.
Roy Nachum/Roc NationRihanna found a cool way to unveil the title of her the eighth album, Anti. During a private showing at MAMA gallery in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night, she was captured revealing the name and show-stopping artwork for her long-awaited project.
For the red-and-white cover, the singer selected a childhood photo from her first day of daycare, which was modified by artist Roy Nachum. A young Rih poses with a gold crown covering her eyes, which she says conveys "exactly the message" she wanted.
"I fell in love with it because I felt like there was another spirit, another layer to the art," Rihanna told the crowd. "We talked about what I wanted visually and what would make me the happiest girl in the world and this is my favorite album cover I’ve ever done."
After dropping the curtain, Rihanna also revealed her artwork includes a poem written in Braille by Chloe Mitchell. "The whole idea behind the Braille is people who have sight are sometimes the people who are blindest and it's really good to go a little deeper," said Ri as her fans cheered.
Also on Instagram, Rihanna broke down the meaning of the word "anti", along with a message that reads: "In her collaboration with Roy Nachum, Rihanna has changed the history of album art. By continuing to follow her own instincts, her work strives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects."
While she's already completed the album, Rihanna remains mum on the official release date. Her upcoming effort, executive produced by Kanye West, will include her singles "FourFiveSeconds," "American Oxygen," and "B**** Better Have My Money."
ABC/Fred LeeWhile many people assume that One Direction is over and done with, the group is still out there every night thrilling fans on their On the Road Again tour, which is currently visiting arenas in Europe for multiple nights -- after touring stadiums in the U.S. and other parts of the world. "We are just shocked...[at] how great the crowds are," says Louis Tomlinson.
The fact that 1D, currently readying their fifth album for release next month, can continue to draw such huge crowds on the road is something that even the band themselves finds hard to comprehend. "We still can’t believe...and I say it on stage every night, but not a lot of artists get to play stadiums. So we’re still shocked that a year and a half later we’re still playing stadiums," Niall Horan tells ABC Radio.
"We are just shocked that every show that we go to, the standard is so high of how great the crowds are and that’s been the same on this tour," adds Louis. "It’s been great."
Of course, playing in the world's largest arenas and stadiums offers an interesting challenge for any music act: namely, how do you reach the people in the nosebleed seats and make them feel part of the show?
"I mean it’s hard usually, but you do find a lot of the time you have a moment with a specific person in the audience," Liam Payne tells ABC Radio. "I always find that you kind of pick a person out as you move along the stage and they’re kind of the people you play to, but, you know, we always try and reference the back."
The "Drag Me Down" hitmakers will release their new disc, Made in the A.M., on November 13. Their last official tour date is Halloween in Sheffield, England, but then they'll come back to America for some holiday shows.
David Becker/Getty Images for Animal Rescue FoundationIf you’ve been wondering what season five American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has been up to, we’ve got news for you. The grey-haired singer is currently finishing up his new album, which is set for a 2016 release.
To gear up for his return to the spotlight, Taylor will be performing the national anthem at next Thursday's game five of the Major League Baseball Division Series Playoffs between the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros. This Thursday, he’ll be performing at a Nashville Predators hockey game.
Following his American Idol win in 2006, he’s had several stints on Broadway -- including a role as Teen Angel in Grease -- and became the first Idol winner to secure a long-term residency in Las Vegas in 2012. His last album, The Distance, came out in 2009.
Image Group LA/ABCEarlier this year, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj clashed on Twitter after Taylor thought that Nicki had taken a shot at her personally when Nicki complained about not being nominated for an MTV VMA. Taylor says that mess inspired her to change her behavior.
Speaking to Britain's NME, Taylor explains, "I don't want to talk about it. But I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone's management, I get their number and I text them. It's an important lesson for anyone to learn in 2015."
Taylor also talks with NME about finally becoming friends with Kanye West and putting their MTV VMA infamous 2009 incident behind them, when Kayne took the stage and interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech.
"Me and Kanye are on such good terms now, six years later," says Swift. "It took a while." Taylor says Kanye's actually gotten to the point where he admits his mistakes. Case in point: his railing against the Grammys this past year when alt-rocker Beck, and not Beyonce, won Album of the Year.
"I was at dinner with Kanye a week after the Grammys," Taylor reveals. "He stops what he's saying and he goes, ‘What is this song? I need to listen to this every day.’ I said, ‘It's Beck, it's on an album called Morning Phase, I think you've heard of it…’ We just burst out laughing. And he says, ‘Hey, sometimes I'm wrong.’"
Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Peter YangJustinBieber might want to watch his back. Champion MMA fighter Ronda Rousey has a bone to pick with the singer, and you don’t want to be on this woman’s bad side. She tells Cosmopolitan she’s no longer a Belieber because Justin was rude to her little sister.
Ronda says she and her 16-year-old sister, Julia, were at the Cannes Film Festival this year when they spotted Justin taking some photos.
“My little sister is really hard to impress and we really didn’t care about anybody that was at the Cannes Film Festival, but I wanted to spend some time with her,” she recounts. “Justin Bieber was over there taking pictures with some ladies and she suddenly got really excited. She was like, ‘Do you think he would wanna take a picture with me?’”
Ronda says she assured her sister that Justin would be willing. But when she approached the pop star and asked if he would take a photo with Julia, instead of nicely obliging, Justin allegedly told her, “I’ve already taken a billion pictures today, OK? A billion.”
Before she could plead with him any further, he walked away and left her sister on the verge of tears.
“Yeah, I don’t think I’d wanna hang out with him,” Ronda says. “I’m not a Belieber. I was, but not anymore.”
Ronda is currently UFC's undefeated bantamweight champion. Wonder who'd win that fight?
Fashion Rocks 2014; Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Three Lions EntertainmentJustinBieber bared it all in Bora Bora Tuesday.
The 21-year-old "What Do You Mean" singer was spotted going for a swim in the buff while vacationing with his rumored girlfriend, British model Jayde Pierce, 20. She was photographed on the same deck, but was more modest, wearing a terrycloth robe, according to the New York Daily News.
This isn't the first time the Bieb has let it all hang out. Back in July he posted a nude photo of himself to Instagram, also in Bora Bora, but quickly removed it.
Justin and Jayde have been sharing pictures of the island on Instagram over the past few days to show off the island's scenery. However, they haven't shared pictures featuring each other on their public social media sites.
The couple, whose relationship status has not been confirmed, were last seen together hiking at Los Angeles' Runyon Park back in May.
Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesSelenaGomez has overcome a lot in recent years, but she says her time is now -- and she's earned it.
She addresses her personal life, and criticism she's received from the public, in an interview with Billboard. As an example of one challenge she's faced, she discusses her battle with lupus.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," the 23-year-old pop star says. Regarding false rumors about her 2014 "break," she adds, “I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a*******.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
More recently, Selena says she was affected by negative comments from body shamers. "I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight," she notes. "That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying. When somebody else has your self-esteem in their hands ...”
She tells Billboard the "hate" motivates her: "I'm so f***ing nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was seven. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story."
Selena can still count on her good friends, like Taylor Swift, whom she says makes her feel empowered and helps her trust others. "All of those girls are so dope. We ran around taking pictures, changing dresses, dancing -- super-cliche girly stuff, but it rocked. The way she cares about women is so adamant. It’s pulling me out of my shell," she says of Taylor and her squad.
When asked if she's inspired by her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber turning over a new leaf, she replied, "No. This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."
Billboard's cover story regarding Selena will be released Thursday. Her new album, Revival, drops the next day.
Jeremy DeputatThis 10-year-old boy from England has a leg up on every other Eminem fan. Teejay Stainer, an amputee, had his prosthetic legs customized with photos of the rapper and his one wish was for Eminem to see them. According to the U.K.’s Daily Echo, his wish was granted.
Teejay’s parents had posted a Facebook photo of their son holding a sign that read, “These are my Eminem legs I’ve had made. My wish is for Eminem to see them.”
The image was shared across social media and eventually made its way to Eminem himself. The rapper reportedly sent the boy a package that included a signed copy of his Recovery album and a message that read, “To Teejay, I saw your pic and read your message! Thanks for the support!”
"I just wanted to thank him for getting me through the difficult times and show him how dedicated I am,” the boy tells the Daily Echo. “I think he sent me that album in particular because of the recovery that I've made."
Teejay was born with a bone condition that required him to have his lower right leg amputated.
ABC/Randy Holmes Pepsi has found its latest spokeswoman: Tori Kelly. The singer stars in a new ad for the cola brand, becoming the first artist to sing the iconic “Joy of Pepsi” jingle since Britney Spears did it 15 years ago.
"It's pretty surreal," Tori tells Billboard. "I remember the Britney Spears [spot], who I didn't realize was the last artist to sing this particular jingle for Pepsi -- that was 15 years ago. Just trying to be the follow-up for that is a pretty big deal and a huge honor. Remembering all the artists who have been a part of Pepsi -- it's really cool to be kind of like the next one."
Artists who have represented Pepsi include everyone from Michael Jackson to Nicki Minaj.
In Tori's particular commercial, which premiered on Billboard today, she sings the Pepsi jingle on the subway and gets all of her fellow passengers to join in. She says she was given creative freedom to revamp the tune her own way.
"I didn't know what to expect, really, when it came down to what they would want as far as the music side of it," she says, "so the fact that they gave me creative freedom to put my spin on the song was really cool. It felt good to just completely make it my own."
The new ad debuts on television during tonight’s episode of Empire on Fox.
Danny ClinchSara Bareilles’ new book came out this week, and in one chapter, she revisits a particularly unpleasant time in her career when she served as a judge on NBC's The Sing-Off in 2011. Simply put: The job was bad for her self-esteem.
Sara spoke about the chapter in Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song, entitled “Beautiful Girl,” during a Q&A with musician Ben Folds at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night. She said that during her time on the show, she was forced to look a certain way.
"It was super traumatic for me because, growing up, I was incredibly insecure about what I looked like," she explained, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I was hired on the show because I am a musician and I sang in an a cappella group, and it felt like it became more about filling this need to have some version of femininity represented -- which is not to say that’s a bad version, it’s just not my version.”
She said that now, if a similar situation came up, she’d have the strength to turn it down. "I would like to think that at this point, I feel secure enough in what I have to offer that this doesn’t feel right to me, so more power to you and find someone who this is gonna be right for, and be able to just be willing to put it on the line and walk away,” she said.
In the chapter, Sara writes a letter to her then-self. She warns herself that a role as judge on the singing competition series "will be the reason you decide to find a therapist again" and that "you will be slapped with your own self-image issues again."
"[Executives will] say you aren’t wearing enough flashy jewelry, and that you don’t have enough makeup on. You need more hair extensions, and your lipstick should be brighter. Your dresses aren’t glamorous enough and you need to be sexier," she writes. "It brings up a lot of the body issues that you have worked really hard to undo, and you feel manipulated and paralyzed at your own lack of control.”
ABC/Richard Harbaugh; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCWhile a lot of people might have thought the Miley Cyrus/Nicki Minaj confrontation at the VMAs was staged, it turns out Nicki’s beef with Miley is actually very real. In a new interview with The New York Times Magazine, Nicki addresses her issue with the twerking pop star.
"The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” Nicki says of Miley. “You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important?"
Nicki claims Miley only wants to enjoy the benefits of hip-hop culture, without any of the problems.
“Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad,” she says. “If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’’
The beef all started when Miley criticized Nicki in a New York Times interview, after she was asked to comment on the pre-VMA Nicki/Taylor Swift Twitter feud. That feud started after Nicki claimed she was snubbed for a Video of the Year VMA nomination because she wasn't a skinny blonde girl.
"I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it," Miley told the Times. "And it's not anger like, 'Guys, I'm frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.' You made it about you. Not to sound like a b****, but that’s like, 'Eh, I didn’t get my VMA.'"
At the VMAs in August, Nicki called Miley out on stage for her comments. After accepting her award for Best Hip-Hop Video, she ended her speech by saying, "Now back to the b**** who had a lot to say about me the other day in the press. Miley Cyrus, what's good?"
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIggy Azalea just revealed a ton of info about her new album. In a recent Twitter Q&A session with fans, the Aussie rapper revealed that her sophomore release will be titledDigital Distortion and that its lead single will be released later this month.
While she didn’t confirm what the lead single would be, she did say she’ll be releasing a new buzz track called “Zillion,” too. She says so far the album doesn’t have any collaborations, but she’s planning to ask people soon. She also adds that it will differ from her first album in the sense that there won’t be much of an overall theme this time around.
Iggy hints she has a major performance coming up and confirms she’ll definitely be touring with the new album, which will be released next year. If you’ll remember, she was supposed to tour this year, but ultimately scrapped the whole thing in favor of waiting until her new material comes out.
Peter YangIf this is definitely Justin Bieber’s new album title, he found a pretty permanent way of confirming it. The singer posted a mirror image Instagram photo yesterday showing off a new tattoo of the word “Purpose” on his stomach.
The tat is scrawled just above his belly button and joins another ab tattoo that says “Forgive.”
On Friday, the Biebs hinted at the album title by tweeting the word “Purpose” and hashtagging #6weeks #nov13. November 13 is the album’s release date.
Credit: Pamela LittkyFall Out Boy will make an unexpected appearance at this year's Country Music Association Awards.
The band will take the stage with country star Thomas Rhett for a one-off collaboration on the show, which honors the best in country music. The show has featured various pop and rock stars over the years -- last year, Ariana Grande performed with the country group Little Big Town, for example. More special collabos will be announced each Wednesday in the weeks leading up to the show.
Carrie Underwood and country star Brad Paisley will host the 49th Annual CMA Awards, which air Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.