Image Courtesy Katy Perry via TwitterKaty Perry transforms herself into five of the "world's worst birthday party entertainers" in the video for her latest single, "Birthday."
In the eight-minute clip, which was shot earlier this month and premiered Thursday, Katy goes undercover at five birthday parties. At each celebration, she wreaks havoc as one of five, sometimes profane, characters: Goldie the Dancer, Yosef Shulem the MC, Kriss the Clown, Ace the Animal Trainer and Princess Mandee.
The elderly Goldie the Dancer -- so named because of her "Golden Nuggets," a reference to her chest -- pops out of a cake at a party for senior citizens, for whom she dances provocatively.
Kriss the Clown, who landed the clown job via Craigslist, works at a kids' party. Kriss struggles with making animal balloons, drinks when no one's looking and causes a car accident while stumbling into the street while blindfolded.
At another bash for children, Ace the Animal Trainer brings one child to tears by putting a fake mouse into Ace's mouth.
Yosef Shulem the MC, who sports a mustache, shows up at a bar mitzvah, takes over for the DJ, and pulls off humorous dance moves.
The unicorn hat-wearing Princess Mandee smears face paint all over kids' faces. She eventually removes her hat and wig, revealing herself to be Katy. The kids scream at the sight of Katy, and rush to hug her.
When Katy tweeted a link to the video, she wrote, "GUYS, PREPARE YOURSELVES cuz it's time to bring out the big balloons and #MakeItLikeYourBirthday!"
Katy addressed the making of the "Birthday" video during her appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week. She said she went undercover because "I was sick of making gorgeous music videos where I'm sexual."
Credit: Angelo KehagiasPassenger, Olly Murs and Emeli Sandé are among the nominees for the U.K.'s prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, which salute the best in British and Irish songwriting each year.
According to the BBC, Passenger's hit "Let Her Go," Emeli's song "Clown" and Olly's hit "Troublemaker" are all up for Most Performed Work. That takes into account how many times the song has been heard on the radio and on TV. In addition, John Newman's "Love Me Again," which was a minor hit in the U.S. earlier this year but a massive smash in the U.K., is up for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
The Ivor Novello Awards, named after a popular Welsh composer, singer and actor who was famous in the first part of the 20th century, are voted on by songwriters. Last year, Emeli was a double winner for her hit "Next to Me." The 2014 Ivor Novello Awards ceremony will take place in London on May 22.
Columbia RecordsOne Direction's new video for "You & I" features a pretty cool special effect where each member of the band appears to morph into another member. But it's a different special effect in the clip which now has an Australian film company accusing them of plagiarism.
At about the 2:45 minute-mark in "You & I," the members of the band, and various objects around them, appear to "freeze." Then, the guys, and the objects "enter" their frozen images, and they begin moving again. But as the Australian Herald Sun reports, the exact same technique was used before, in a video for a Melbourne band called Clubfeet. A film production and animation company called Oh Yeah Wow, who did that video and won an award for it last year, claim that they invented the visual trick and that 1D has blatantly appropriated it.
Oh Yeah Wow posted a message on its Facebook page accusing 1D of ripping them off. They blogged about it, and have encouraged others to take to social media and call out the band and their director, Ben Winston, on this. In addition, they've tweeted at the various members of the band, asking them to 'fess up to their plagiarism, and tried to contact Winston's production company, all to no avail.
Seamus Spilsbury, from Oh Yeah Wow, tells the paper, "We haven’t heard any word from the band ... we have had a few emails from fans though, some voicing their anger and others that are supporting us."
He adds, "The technique is created using a number of well established [video effects]. Our clip was the first to use these tricks in this conceptual context."
Why is the company so upset about this? On its blog, the company writes, "Plagiarism and copycatting is becoming increasingly common and acceptable. When did we, society, become so complacent as to allow this kind of behavior to become normal practice in the media industry? It is for this very reason we have decided...to rally some support -- for the last thing we want is a generation of kids labeling our Clubfeet video a One Direction rip off in years to come."
The company adds, "Considering the sleep deprivation one must endure to create an original piece with practically no budget, you can start to understand the annoyance we might feel when some affluent young bucks and a director devoid of creativity, decide to effectively steal (and subsequently dilute) our idea."
Image Courtesy MAC Cosmetics via TwtiterLorde may have canceled her tour dates due to illness, but her new MAC line of cosmetics will be rolling out on schedule in June.
Women's Wear Daily reports that the line will launch June 5 on MACCosmetics.com, and at the MAC stores in New York's Times Square and Fifth Avenue. It'll become available internationally online and in Paris starting in July. MAC also has revealed the image for the new campaign, which features a brooding photo of Lorde wearing "Pure Heroine" lipstick in her signature deep plum, and Penultimate Eye Liner in "Rapidblack," a deep black. The lipstick costs $16; the liner, $19.50.
As previously reported, Lorde's been working on her line since last year with MAC senior artist Amber Dreadon, who has been traveling on tour with Lorde as her makeup artist, and working with her to design her tour looks.
In a statement announcing the partnership, Lorde said, "I have loved MAC Cosmetics since I was a little kid. I remember saving up to buy my very first MAC lipstick [Snob] at 14, and it was used by about 20 of my friends!"
RCA RecordsNever let it be said that Justin Timberlake is cheap: he reportedly left a $4,000 tip after partying at a German nightclub.
The British tabloid The Sun reports that Justin and a 25-person entourage showed up at the Crystal Cologne nightclub in Cologne, Germany during a recent tour stop and partied until just after 4 a.m. Even though the owner of the club picked up the tab for all their drinks, Justin did the right thing and didn't forget the waitstaff. A waitress serving Justin and his party told The Sun that he left a $4,115 tip for her and the other severs, adding, "We were all really amazed."
Justin's 20/20 Experience World Tour continues its European leg through mid-May, and will then travel to the Middle East for a few dates before heading back to Europe. The next North American leg kicks off July 9 in Buffalo, NY.
Credit: Nick WalkerA New Jersey teen who wanted Phillip Phillips to take her to prom won't see that dream come true, but she'll get to see her idol in the flesh anyway.
Carly Meyers, a senior at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ, created a YouTube invite, posted April 6, in which she turns Phillips' hit “Gone, Gone, Gone” into “Prom, Prom, Prom.”
“Phillip, if you’re free May 16 I’ll be the one in the red dress :),” Carly wrote in the video’s description.
Carly appeared live on ABC's Good Morning Americaon Thursday as part of the show’s “Epic Prom Week” and explained why she'd created the clip.
"When I thought of my dream prom date, I just always thought of him,” Meyers said. “I love writing songs. I love his songs. So I thought I’d kind of put it together. [I] did it for fun, although secretly hoping he’d see it.”
And it turns out Phillip did see it -- and responded. In a video that aired Thursdy on GMA, he addressed Carly, telling her he’d seen her prom proposal, and adding that her song "sounded so lovely.”
He then delivered the bad news: he can't make it to her prom. But then, he surprised her with tickets for her and her friends to his show July 12 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey.
"I can't wait to see you and hear all about your prom!" said Phillip, as a speechless Carly gasped and put her hands to her mouth.
Phillip will perform on Good Morning America May 20.
Image Courtesy Avril Lavigne via TwitterAvril Lavigne and her spokeswoman both say critics who called the video for her song "Hello Kitty," racist towards Asians are wrong.
“The video is an homage to all the things she loves about Japan," her rep told ABC News Radio. "Food, fashion, fun!"
The video features Avril wearing a cupcake tutu, singing words like "arigato" and "kawaii" -- that's "thank you" and "cute" in Japanese -- and dancing in a candy store with Asian background dancers. Later, she gets served sushi and saki. Websites and social media commenters have suggested the clip offers a cliched portrayal of Japanese culture.
Avril's rep added that the video popping up on YouTube Wednesday but later disappearing wasn't in response to the uproar.
"It was not pulled from YouTube," the rep said, "but it was GEO BLOCKED...Fans were ripping the video and posting to YouTube and then getting removed due to the geo-blocking.”
Avril herself, meanwhile, laughed off the comments about her video. "RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan," she tweeted Wednesday.
"Hello Kitty" is featured on Avril's current self-titled album.
EllenTV.comAdam Levine has been a coach on NBC's The Voice since the singing competition started, but will he return for season seven?
"I think so, I'm checking my schedule," he teased on Thursday's Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Host Ellen DeGeneres, looking at him skeptically, replied, "Oh, OK. We'll find out. That means you're negotiating or something like that."
"I might be there but who knows?" the Maroon 5 frontman said with a laugh.
One singer who will definitely be a coach on The Voice next season is Pharrell. Still, many are wondering if there are any truth to the rumors that Gwen Stefani will join the cast.
"Gwen Stefani is merely speculative. I don't know if that's actually happening," Adam said. "That's what I'm supposed to say, you know, like legally. But Pharrell I can talk about because he's for sure. But they are both incredible and it's going to be a blast."
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Image courtesy Lorde via InstagramEarlier this week, Lorde postponed her Australia tour due to what she described as a "nasty chest infection and general ill health." She's since provided visual evidence that she's feeling under the weather.
A photo of the 17-year-old New Zealand singer lying on a bed, staring at the ceiling, has been posted onto her Instagram page. The accompanying message reads, "this is a photo of an ill exhausted zombie after the show in vegas a few days ago. it's good to be resting up at home." She performed in Vegas last week.
Lorde's Australia tour had been set to begin Thursday. The dates have not yet been rescheduled.
ABC/Adam TaylorSince LMFAO stopped party rockin' and took a hiatus, group member SkyBlu has released a solo album, but we haven't gotten one yet from his musical partner and uncle, Redfoo. But the singer says he's finally ready to show the world what he's learned over the past year or so.
"I'm working on the album now," Redfoo told ABC News Radio earlier this week backstage at Dancing with the Stars, where he was a guest judge. "I've been working on it for a while now because I just keep going on tour, coming back, doing shows [and] doing stuff." But finally, he says, "I've assembled a team of creative people that I love to be around and now we're knocking out songs."
In addition to releasing a couple of singles and making appearances all over the world, and sponsoring an annual tennis tournament in Las Vegas, Redfoo's been serving as a judge on The X Factor Australia, and he says that's helped him figure out what kind of record he wants to make.
"You know, I'm getting better at interpreting how I feel into music, even better than before. So, I'm laser-focused, and I'm on the piano everyday and I'm expressing and I'm so excited," he tells ABC News Radio. "I've been on the X Factor, now I've done this. I know what I need to put together to entertain the world!"
So, he's done X Factor Australia, and Dancing with the Stars...is there a chance we'll see Redfoo appear on any other reality TV shows in the near future?
"Well, I'm on X Factor Australia, right now, so, you know, in America, maybe," he says. "Because I love it. It's fun and...some of the shows you get to mentor people, you know. But this dancing show is incredible! It's so stimulating!"
Columbia RecordsPharrell is having a stellar 2014, thanks largely in part to his Oscar-nominated smash hit single "Happy." To continue his momentum, the singer has announced the next single off his latest album, G I R L.
"'Come Get It Bae' is actually my next U.S. single after 'Happy.' 'Marilyn Monroe' is the International single," he confirmed on Twitter. His next offering features guest vocals from Miley Cyrus.
The hitmaker's "Come Get it Bae" was recently used as the soundtrack to TNT's NBA playoffs promotional campaign.
In addition to promoting his album, Pharrell also is working on his second literary project, following 2012's Places and Spaces I've Been. "Happy...just finished my new book. You can only read it online. I'll tweet the link on Thursday. Hope you enjoy," he tweeted.
Courtesy: TimeThere's certainly no doubt that Beyonce is one of the world's most influential entertainers. Now TIME magazine has dubbed her one of the world's 100 most influential people -- so much so that she's featured on the issue's cover.
An essay written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg notes how Beyonce "took the world by surprise" last December with the unexpected, unpublicized release of her smash, self-titled album, followed by her sold-out Mrs. Carter Show world tour. For her part, Beyonce says in a video essay that being selected by TIME "[Is] not about fashion, or beauty, or music. It's about the influence I've had on culture. And to be amongst the other influential people is a huge honor for me."
Beyonce's included in the category "Titans," along with Pharrell Williams, whose essay by Justin Timberlake begins, "At 41 and still with the swagger and appearance of a college kid, he has been the biggest part of our soundtrack for the past 15 years. And you will never see him doing it without a smile on his face."
It's probably no surprise that Miley Cyrus is on the list, too. Dolly Parton pens that essay, noting that Miley was "smotherin' and chokin'" beneath her Hannah Montana persona, "So she felt she had to do something completely drastic. And she did. She made her point, she made her mark, and more power to her."
You can see the complete list of TIME's influential people at Time.com.
ABC/Donna SvennevikOneRepublic's Ryan Tedder always seems to collaborate with chart-topping pop divas, but you don't hear much about him working with male performers. However, the singer has confirmed that he's been working on something with One Direction's Harry Styles, and says he's impressed that Harry, and the other members of the group, have managed to avoid being total basket cases.
Asked by the British paper The Guardian to comment on rumors that he's been writing with Harry, Ryan at first plays coy, but then reveals, "Yes, we did do something, is the truth. I can't say what it's for, though."
He adds, "I did hang out with One Direction in London...I'm always impressed or extremely happy when I end up in the same room with a band who are at the stage of nuclear explosion in their career and they're so normal it almost turns you off. Like, 'How are you not more messed up right now? I'm looking for syringes, where are they?'"
And speaking of stars who are normal, Ryan is also friendly with U2's Bono -- he's pretty much friends with everyone -- and he tells The Guardian that he was amazed that when the two were driving around Dublin recently, he couldn't believe it when the driver dropped them off outside a coffee shop, and Bono was able to simply walk down the street without being mobbed by fans.
"I'm like, 'No security?' and he's like, 'No, we're in Ireland, it's fine,'" Ryan recalls. "I've never seen that before in my life. He's got a confidence about him."
Michael Becker/FOXAmerican Idol was a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll on Wednesday night. Each contestant in the top six performed two songs: one from the rock genre, and one from the country genre.
Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique each performance.
Here's what happened during the two-hour show:
Jena Irene was the first contestant to entertain the viewers and the studio audience. She took on the Heart classic "Barracuda." Keith said it was a great way to start the show, and that Jena set the bar high for the rest of the contestants. J-Lo said that with a little extra push Jena can make it to the finals.
Sam Woolf performed the Imagine Dragons tune "It's Time." Jennifer said she had "goosies" while listening to Sam. Harry said Sam's a sweet, humble and kind guy, and he's adding layers to that.
C.J. Harris channeled his inner Lenny Kravitz on Lenny's version of The Guess Who song "American Woman." Keith urged him to bring out the proper emotions when singing tunes like that one. Jennifer said it was shaky at first, but C.J. started to connect with the crowd toward the middle.
Alex Preston covered Neon Trees' "Animal." Keith drew light boos when he told Alex he wanted him to "release" a bit more. J-Lo agreed.
Caleb Johnson belted out the Black Crowes' "Sting Me." He lost his microphone at one point, but Jennifer and Keith both were amazed by the way he handled the situation and recovered.
Jessica Meuse performed Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love." Harry said she delivered in a powerful and rhythmic way. Keith liked it too, though he encouraged her to "release" more, too.
Sam opened the country portion of the show by singing Shania Twain's "You're Still The One." Keith advised Sam to relax on stage. Harry added that Sam may want to not perform with the same tone throughout the song.
Caleb handled "Undo It," by former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. Jennifer and Harry both felt there was more magic in his first performance of the night.
Alex tackled Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind." Harry said it was exactly what it needed to be. Keith would've liked to have heard a little more "heartbreak" in the vocals.
Jena performed another Carrie Underwood song, "So Small." Keith said it was the "best journey" to watch her throughout the season. Jennifer said she was so into the performance that it was as if the band had disappeared. Harry, on the other hand, didn't know where Jena was going with it.
C.J. played "Whatever It Is," by Zac Brown Band. Jennifer said this was more his style, but she expected more from him. Harry said it wasn't C.J.'s best performance. After the judges made their comments, C.J. dedicated the song to a young girl from his hometown who passed away earlier this week.
Jessica closed out the night with Dolly Parton's "Jolene." Keith hated the arrangement, but both he and Harry thought the vocals were strong.
One contestant will be eliminated on Thursday night's results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
While DrakeandRihanna have remained mum on their relationship status, sources close to the famous pair are spilling new details on their feelings for one another.
"They got on so well and have always had a special connection from the moment they met…and now they have found each other again, everyone just feels like this is it," a spy tells E! News.
Ri Ri and Drizzy have been spotted at various public places, including a recent date where they hugged and kissed at the Clippers basketball game in Los Angeles on April 10.
"Their friends are so happy that they're together. There's a real feeling among their inner circle that they were always meant to be together," the insider continued. "They really are made for one another. Everyone knows it. And Drake could not be happier. They couldn't be better suited."
James Franco and Seth Rogen have made it a point to poke fun at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, from their parody "Bound 3" video last November to their recent recreation of Kanye and Kim's Vogue cover, where they superimposed their faces on the bodies of the "#worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple." Now, it seems the comedic actors have been invited to partake in the couple's wedding festivities.
During a recent interview on on ABC's The View, Franco says West invited the duo to "perform [the 'Bound 2' parody] live the night before his wedding at Versailles."
Franco adds that they seriously considered the offer but says he's "I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen." He explains, "I think it would have been awesome for about 10 seconds, but then there would be Seth with his shirt off in front of all the Kardashians and all the rap world."
Kanye and Kim are reportedly set to exchange vows next month in Paris.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty ImagesPink is featured in People magazine's brand-new 50 Most Beautiful People issue, and while she's not on the cover, she is featured inside the publication buck-naked.
Pink is posing as part of a feature called "Naked at 34," where five different female celebrities show off their nude bodies. In a photo on People's website, which a People rep tells ABC News Radio is slightly different from the one in the actual magazine, Pink's seen in black-and-white, sitting sideways and slightly hunched over so we can't see her naughty bits. We can, however, see her impressive collection of tattoos, which are probably more extensive than you realize. Pink is also naked in black-and-white inside the actual magazine, which hits newsstands Friday.
"I was a gymnast for eight years, starting when I was 4 years old,” Pink tells People, explaining where she got her body confidence. "So instead of thinking, 'Am I skinny? What does my body look like?’ I grew up thinking, ‘Am I fast enough? How can I use my body?’ I’m a person who could always lose a couple here and there, but I would rather be strong than bony.”
Pink says that her two-year-old daughter Willow shares her mom's penchant for shedding her clothes.
"She said to me the other day, ‘Mama, on Tuesday I think we should get naked and have a naked booby butt dance party.’ I was like, ‘I’m in.’”
The other stars who stripped off for People include Orange Is the New Black star Laura Prepon, actress Rachel Leigh Cook, Devious Maids star Dania Ramirez and actress, model and ex-pro wrestler Stacy Keibler.
Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.Looks like the soundtrack of Frozen ended up in quite a few Easter baskets over the holiday weekend.
The soundtrack to the hit Disney animated film, which came out last year, has just scored its best sales week yet, moving 259,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. As a result, the album spends its 11th non-consecutive week at #1 on the Billboard album chart. That means Frozen has now passed The Lion King as the longest-running #1 soundtrack ever for an animated film.
Billboardnotes that Easter usually benefits albums that are child- or family-friendly, which explains Frozen's blockbuster week. More proof: One Direction's Midnight Memories experienced a 68% sales increase, while the latest Kidz Bop album is up 126%.
Elsewhere on the chart, Jason Derulo's unorthodox plan of releasing three singles before finally dropping his new album, Talk Dirty, seems to have paid off. The album has debuted at #4, becoming the singer's first-ever top-10 album. The highest he'd ever gotten previously was #11, with his self-titled debut, which featured the hit "Whatcha Say."
Courtesy MTVLast year, the MTV Video Music Awards became the first awards show to take place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. This year, the show, which airs August 24, will be the first-ever awards telecast at the Los Angeles Forum.
That legendary venue dates back to 1967, and has hosted concerts by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Prince and others. It just re-opened in January of this year with all the latest high-tech bells, whistles and amenities.
MTV President Stephen Friedman said in a statement, "With its incomparable legacy as a world-class music venue, the Forum is one of Southern California’s most iconic entertainment landmarks...[and has] has hosted some of the most legendary musical artists and performances ever seen and we can’t wait to add the 2014 Video Music Awards to this list and create the type of memorable moments that music fans will talk about for years to come.”
Of course, it'll be hard to top last year's show, which was so memorable that an 'N SYNC reunion was the second most exciting thing that happened all night. Perhaps you remember the first -- it involved Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, and a foam finger.
Image Courtesy Justin Bieber via InstagramNo matter where he goes in the world, trouble follows Justin Bieber. He's been forced to apologize for visiting a shrine in Japan.
Justin stopped by the Yasukuni Shrine while in Japan, and posted a photo of it on Instagram, along with the caption, "Thank you for your blessings." Time magazine reports that, while his Beliebers retweeted and liked the posting numerous times, it caused an uproar in China, because it turns out the shrine is quite controversial. It was erected to commemorate Japans' war dead, but that includes former military leaders who committed atrocities across Asia -- including against the Chinese -- during World War II.
Justin subsequently deleted his photo and posting of the shrine and shared an Instagram post of Time magazine's article. He then added this apology:
"While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine. I was mislead to think the Shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan."
At least the Bieb apologized, which is something hasn't done for some of his other more egregious behavior over the past year.