Courtesy NBC/UniversalWhen Justin Timberlake made his second Saturday Night Live appearance of the year this weekend -- this time as the musical guest, not the host -- he was nearly overshadowed by the surprise appearances of three music legends: Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna and Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees.
Paul McCartney is a frequent musical performer on Saturday Night Live, so perhaps it was no surprise that he popped up unexpectedly. He appeared during host Jimmy Fallon's monologue; Fallon announced he was planning to sing with three of his biggest musical influences: McCartney, Bob Dylan and David Bowie. Unfortunately, Fallon said, all three of them were stuck in traffic in New York City's Lincoln Tunnel and couldn't make it. Fallon then proceeded to sing "Joy to the World," mimicking both Bowie and Dylan, but when he got to the McCartney part, it was Paul himself who showed up; the two then duetted on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
As for Barry Gibb, he showed up at the end of the popular Barry Gibb Talk Show sketch that Fallon and Justin have been doing for years. Madonna played herself as a guest on the talk show. When asked by Fallon, who was portraying Barry Gibb, what her opinion is on the divisive state of politics in the U.S., she said, completely straight-faced, "I'm glad you asked that, Barry. In my experience, politicians...it doesn't matter what country you come from. As long as they don't put their personal ideology above doing the right thing, then there will be unity. It's simple."
When she tried to make another point, though, Fallon-as-Gibb cut her off, yelling and screaming at her. Madonna simply slipped in her "grille" -- the mouth jewelry she's worn on and off this past year -- and stood her ground, until he backed down. As for the real Barry Gibb, he didn't do much except sing the show's theme song at the end of the sketch. Madonna also helped introduce Timberlake's performance. The connection? The two scored a hit duet together -- "4 Minutes" -- back in 2008.
As for Justin, he performed two songs -- "Only When I Walk Away" and "Pair of Wings" -- from his album The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2. He also appeared in several sketches: in addition to The Barry Gibb Talk Show, he reprised his popular "Bring it on down to..." sketch, where he plays a guy promoting some kind of business while wearing a funny costume, dancing and singing. This time, Fallon joined him; they were both dressed as gift-wrapped presents, and they promoting their gift-wrapping business, "Wrappinville."
In a Family Feud sketch, Justin played Jimmy Fallon, while Fallon played Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons. At one point, Fallon found Justin's portrayal of him as a super-hyper, perpetually-over-excited guy, so funny that he ducked behind the podium so nobody would see him laughing hysterically.
Monty Brinton/CBSThe band fun. has got a special gift for their fans this holiday season. The "We Are Young" group is giving away a free EP, called Before Shane Went to Bangkok: fun. Live in the USA, on their website.
By submitting your email address, you can get a free download of the six-track set, which includes live versions of songs from both of their studio albums -- including the hits "Carry On" and "Some Nights" -- as well as one previously-unreleased track.
fun. frontman Nate Ruess posted a message with the link to the download, noting that the group’s recent two-year tour was so amazing that that he wanted to share some live cuts from the trek to celebrate the experience.
“What was supposed to be just another album and touring cycle, turned into the craziest two years any of us have ever had,” Nate writes. “If I were to be asked the very unoriginal question of ‘what was the highlight of it all so far?’, and had to answer it honestly -- I would have to say the unwavering support and energy that you guys provided at all of our shows."
Earlier this year, fun. dominated the Grammy Awards. At the end of January, Nate could bring home a couple more, thanks to his nominated duet with Pink, "Just Give Me a Reason."
Before Shane Went to Bangkok: fun. Live in the USA will also be released on 12-inch vinyl sometime in 2014. You can pre-order the record on fun.’s official website. Only 1,000 copies of the set will be made available.
Here's the track list:
“Out on the Town” “Barlights” “Carry On” “What the F**k” “The Gambler” “Some Nights”
ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons and Fall Out Boy are among the list of artists set to celebrate Super Bowl weekend in New York City by performing at an event dubbed the Bud Light Hotel New York, which will take place on a cruise ship docked at Pier 88 on Manhattan's Hudson River, starting Thursday, January 30.
The festivities kick off January 30 with a hip-hop show featuring performances by Run DMC, Busta Rhymes and The Roots. The next day, Imagine Dragons will perform, and on February 1, superstar rock band Foo Fighters and country stars Zac Brown Band will entertain the crowds.
Fall Out Boy will bring the festivities to a close with a concert which takes place a few hours before the Super Bowl on February 2. Bruno Mars will play the halftime show at the big game, which is taking place not in New York City, but in New Jersey.
Columbia RecordsAs if her surprise visual album wasn't enough, Beyonce announced the release date for her third fragrance, called Rise.
According to E! News, the singer's newest scent, which is described as "an intoxicating, addictive luminous floral," will officially hit shelves in February 2014. "The fragrance concept is a about female empowerment and finding the inner strength that makes women so beautiful," says Marsha Brooks, vice president of global marketing for fragrances in the Coty Beauty division of Coty Inc.
To date, Beyonce has sold $400 million in fragrances with her first two scents, Pulse and Heat.
In other news, Beyonce held a private album release party at Dave & Buster’s in New York City following her concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night. The singer was joined by some of her closest friends and collaborators including model Jessica White, stylist Ty Hunter, designer Alexander Wang, Luke James, J. Cole and Drake.
RCA RecordsIn 2013, Justin Timberlake put on his "Suit & Tie," and now he's ended the year at the top of GQ magazine's list of the "25 Most Stylish Men of 2013."
Throughout most of the year, Justin teamed with designer Tom Ford to supply him with a custom wardrobe he wore while promoting his two albums, and while thrilling fans during his fall headlining tour. He also donned sportswear from Alexander Wang and Neil Barrett, and rocked what GQ called "the year's best haircut." "2013 was the year Justin Timberlake dominated the style game," the magazine states.
Also making the list was Pharrell Williams at #2, Kanye West at #7, and, at #18, One Direction's Zayn Malik, the only member of the group to be included. Why him? GQ explains that while the whole group is fashionable, it's "Malik's understated style that makes him stand out. The Brit is no stranger to style moves like wearing a turtleneck under a double-breasted blazer, or pairing his beloved black leather motorcycle jacket with everything, without ever appearing to try too hard."
Coming in at #19 is another boy band member -- well, ex-member. Joe Jonas gets props for his ability to "ace any occasion’s dress code and take chances, with of-the-moment looks like patterned shirts and colored suits."
MariahCarey.comThere's no question that Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is one of the great modern holiday songs, but now it's topped a poll conducted by Parade magazine to be named the Best Christmas Pop Song of All Time.
According to Parade, Mariah's 1994 song snagged the title with nearly 65 percent of the vote, beating out the runner-up, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," which is the biggest-selling single of all time, overall.
And here's some more good news for Mariah: it only took 19 years, but "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has finally sold its millionth copy in the U.K.
When the holiday tune was first released in 1994, it peaked at #2 on the British chart, and since 2007, it's re-entered the British top 40 every December. According to Britain's Official Charts Company, Mariah said in a statement, "I'm driving home looking at the snow in my hometown of NYC, celebrating selling 1 million copies of 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' in the UK. Thank you, thank you to all of my British fans! Love, Mariah xxxx”
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" is one of only 142 singles in the history of the British singles chart to have sold a million or more copies.
SYCO/Columbia RecordsDespite online rumors, '80s rock superstars Def Leppard have no plans to sue One Direction over the title track of their current album.
Not long ago, U.K. newspaper The Mirror ran a report suggesting that the veteran rockers were considering taking legal action against 1D because the song in question, "Midnight Memories," bears a number of similarities to their huge hit "Pour Some Sugar on Me." But Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell tell Billboard that's not the case.
Collen agrees that the 1D song is "very similar in structure" to "Pour Some Sugar on Me," and Campbell adds that elements of the song are "reminiscent of the Leppard thing [including] the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it's assembled." However, that doesn't mean they're going to sue. Campbell says he finds it "very flattering" that a hot group like 1D thinks Def Leppard's sound is cool.
This is the third time that 1D has been called out for their songs sounding like classic rock tunes. Earlier this year, it was noted that the intro of "Best Song Ever" sounded very much like "Baba O'Riley," a song by one of Niall Horan's favorite bands, The Who. Additionally, fans and critics have noted that the opening riff of 1D's hit "Live While We're Young" sounds an awful lot like the opening riff of the 1981 classic by The Clash, "Should I Stay or Should I Go."
EllenTV.comCute couple Katy Perry and John Mayer took their lovefest to Ellen DeGeneres' show on Friday. First, Katy chatted with Ellen, and then John joined her on the couch for more questions.
One topic of conversation was the new video for Katy and John's duet "Who You Love," which shows them riding a mechanical bull together. Ellen asked, jokingly, if the video was a response to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's video for "Bound 2," which shows the couple riding a motorcycle together, which led Katy to reply, "Yes! I thought our response was a little more authentic, though, because my hair was blowing in the right direction."
As the audience laughed, Ellen realized that Katy was right: in Kimye's video, Kim is facing backward on the motorcycle, which meant her hair should have been blowing forward, but it isn't. "You're right. No one thought of that!" marveled Ellen, while John added, "Genius! Genius!"
Ellen also tried to get Katy to talk about how romantic John is, but the singer turned it into a discussion about how "thoughtful and creative" he is, especially when it comes to Christmas gifts. The two confirmed they'll be spending Christmas together, by the way. They did last year as well, but then broke up in March of 2013 before reuniting over Memorial Day weekend.
Katy also gushed that dating John is great because he truly understands what she goes through every day as a global music star, because he's one as well. "We have music as an understanding, and love between each other and we connect," Katy explained to Ellen. "It's like he understands what I do, because he does the same thing, and so after a long day, if it's been tough, I don't really have to go into it, he just gets it y'know? So it's nice with that understanding."
For Ellen's show, Katy and John also made a spoof 1970s video called A Perry, Mayery Christmas, complete with ugly '70s outfits and a cheesy duet of "Winter Wonderland."
Image courtesy Beyonce via InstagramWhat's better than your mom taking you to a Beyonce concert? Getting a kiss from the superstar herself while at the concert. And that's just what happened to Madonna's daughter on Thursday night.
Madonna posted on Instagram a photo of her eight-year-old daughter, Mercy James, being smooched on the forehead by Beyonce during the star's concert in Brooklyn, NY. "Mercy James gets a big fat one from the Queen. B!" Madonna wrote on the caption, adding "Mrs. Carter crushes the BK with her bad ass show! Girls run the world!"
Mercy isn't the only young woman with a famous mom or dad who's a fan of Beyonce's. In the new issue of People, first lady Michelle Obama said that her daughters Malia and Sasha "love" Beyonce and her husband, Jay Z. "They've gotten to know Beyonce and she has always been very sweet to them," added President Obama.
Beyonce's tour travels to Boston Friday night, and then wraps up with another show in Brooklyn on Sunday. It will resume Febuary 20 in Scotland.
Image credit: Chapman BaehlerSometimes it's hard to believe that artists can get the lyrics to one of their best-known songs wrong in concert, considering how many times they have to sing them. But Goo Goo Dolls singer Johnny Rzeznik says that's just what happened to him during a recent Christmas special taping, and you can watch tonight to see just how badly he messed up.
Not long ago, the Goo Goo Dolls taped the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade special, along with Daughtry, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes and Star Trek's Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner. Johnny tells ABC News Radio that he and the band were playing their hit "Better Days," but because they had to perform a shortened version of it, he completely lost track of his place in the song.
"I started singing the wrong words. You have to see it! I'm calling myself out on this because I screwed it up so bad!" Johnny laughs. He tells ABC News Radio, "I was literally standing up there singing [gibberish] -- I forgot the words completely! So keep an eye out for that!" When asked why they wouldn't simply edit out his mistake, Johnny laughed, "I don't think they can!"
Johnny adds that William Shatner had just performed before them, and claims that the actor's number was so strange that it threw him off his game. "I was overwhelmed because I had just seen William Shatner perform...a really bizarre sort of spoken word thing," he laughs. "He's, like, 80 years old and he's still going for it!"
You can watch all this go down tonight on the Hallmark Movie Channel at 5 p.m. ET/PT, and see if Johnny's exaggerating. Meanwhile, speaking of screwing songs up, Johnny says he's "terrified" he may do the same thing this weekend when he sings the national anthem at the Green Bay Packers game in Wisconsin on Sunday.
"I want to do it because I'm terrified to sing it," he tells ABC News Radio. "I've never been this nervous about anything in my life. Like, you can't screw that song up! So it's a challenge."
After that, Johnny will spend what he calls a "low-key" Christmas in L.A. with his new wife, Melina, who he married in July, plus their pets and a few family members. Not on the agenda: tons of presents. "Little gifts," is how Johnny describes the couple's plans. "There's nothing that we really need. It's more like, we just like to hang out with each other." The two will actually go on their honeymoon in the spring of 2014.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageThe Backstreet Boys, Train's Pat Monahan, actress/singer Anna Kendrick and Sheryl Crow are just some of the artists you'll see performing for an audience that includes President Obama and his family, tonight on TNT's annual special Christmas in Washington.
"It's our first year doing this," Backstreet's Howie Dorough told ABC News Radio at the show taping in Washington, D.C. "[We're] very honored to be invited to perform for [the president] and the family."
Despite being around for 20 years, the group had never previously sung for any U.S. president. So, were they nervous about the prospect? "There's always a little hint of nerves," says Backstreet's A.J. McLean. "I think if we didn't have that, that wouldn't be good. But once you're out there it just kind of flows." Giving the group confidence, said A.J., was that they had technological backup.
"I think because we've got 20 years of catalog of music...they have our lyrics up on the teleprompter for us, so we don't mess up!" he laughed. During the show, you'll see Backstreet perform two of their own holiday tunes: "It's Christmas Time" and "It's Christmas Time Again."
According to the Washington Post, you'll also see Sheryl sing "Please Come Home for Christmas" and "O Holy Night," and Anna, who scored a huge hit this past year with "Cups (When I'm Gone)," performs "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Silent Night." Pat Monahan, meanwhile, turns in a rendition of "Merry Christmas Baby."
Host Hugh Jackman, who's a song-and-dance man when he's not being Wolverine, performs "Angels We Have Heard on High." And in the grand finale, the Obamas -- the president, Mrs. Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha -- come on stage for a rousing group performance of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."
The show airs on TNT Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Now in its 15th year, the special benefits the Children's National Health System.
ABC/Donna SvennevikSelena Gomez has pulled the plug on her February tour of Australia, citing the need for some "me time."
In a statement obtained by Australia's Herald Sun and other outlets, she says, "My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologize and I hope you guys know how much each and every one of you mean to me."
Selena had been scheduled to visit five cities in the Land Down Under during the first week of February. The Herald Sun's sources say ticket sales for the shows had been strong.
Selena's next concert dates are scheduled for Japan in mid-January.
Courtesy: People MagazineAll three have had a pretty fantastic 2013, so it's no surprise that Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke have all landed on People magazine's list of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 2013.
Adam, who in November was named People's Sexiest Man Alive, is dubbed "The Charmer" by the magazine, which praises him for his "swagger" and "penchant for being naked." "There's nothing wrong with being confident in who you are," he says.
As for Justin, the mag calls him "The Mix Master," and has chosen his album The 20/20 Experience as the year's top disc. Robin is "The Hitmaker," and gets praise for finally breaking through big-time with "Blurred Lines," after 20 years in the music business.
Other musicians are featured in the magazine's "Weddings of 2013" section, including Kelly Clarkson, who tied the knot with Brandon Blackstock; 'N SYNC's Chris Kirkpatrick, who married his girlfriend Karly Skladany; Avril Lavigne, who wed Nickleback's Chad Kroeger; Pharrell Williams, who married model Helen Lasichanh; American Idol alumni Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, who married each other; and R&B crooner John Legend, who tied the knot with model Chrissy Teigen.
Ray Mickshaw/FOXAlex and Sierra won the third season of The X Factor Thursday night. Simon Cowell's folk/pop music duo was declared the new champ at the end of a two-hour results show on Fox.
Rock singer Jeff Gutt [goot], who was a member of Kelly Rowland's "Over 25" category, was the runner-up.
Alex and Sierra receive a million-dollar recording contract with Sony Music. After the final announcement was made by host Mario Lopez, the emotional boyfriend-girlfriend act reprised their Wednesday-night performance of "Say Something," by A Great Big World.
Simon said of his victory, "I feel like Christmas just came early."
The third finalist, Carlito Olivero, was eliminated earlier in the show. He was mentored by Paulina Rubio as part of her "boys" category.
Demi Lovato, who mentored the "girls" this season and who has confirmed she is leaving The X Factor, didn't have any contestants in the finals.
The results show offered plenty of performances. Each of the finalists delivered a rendition of a Christmas classic: Alex and Sierra, with Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You"; Carlito, with Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"; and Jeff, with "O Holy Night."
In addition, Jeff joined Alex and Sierra for a cover of "Love Me Again," by John Newman.
As for the musical guests, One Direction sang their new single, "Midnight Memories"; Pitbull entertained the audience with "Timber," featuring pre-recorded vocals from the absent Ke$ha; Leona Lewis performed "One More Sleep," from her album Christmas, With Love; and Glee star Lea Michele sang her single, "Cannonball."
During the program, Lopez acknowledged the fact that Cowell will become a father in 2014. He then introduced a taped segment in which kids watched clips of Cowell insulting contestants, commenting that he was "mean" and had a "weird accent." Afterward, Lopez asked Cowell whether he was ready for fatherhood, to which he replied, "Not after that, no."
Fox has yet to announce whether The X Factor will return next year.
Interscope RecordsSay all you want about how Lady Gaga isn't as big a star as she used to be: she still has plenty of fans, all of whom jumped online to vote her to the top of Billboard's Year-End Reader's Poll.
Gaga was named the MVP of 2013 in the poll, capturing 26 percent of the vote, and beating out also-rans Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. In addition, her album ARTPOP was named favorite album, and the video for "Applause" took Favorite Music Video. Plus, her Saturday Night Live hosting gig was voted Favorite TV Performance, and her duet with R. Kelly on "Do What U Want" was named Best Collaboration.
Even the negative turned positive for Gaga -- her tour cancellation due to a hip injury was voted "Biggest Disappointment of the Year," and her tiff with Perez Hilton was voted "Most Memorable Feud." In addition, her upcoming artRAVE tour is 2014's most anticipated event.
Of course, Gaga didn't -- and in some cases, couldn't -- win every category. Ariana Grande took the Best Newcomer category, and Miley Cyrus did very well, coming in at #1 in the categories of Favorite #1 Song and Best Viral Sensation for the "Wrecking Ball" single and video, as well as Best Comeback and -- of course -- Most Shocking Moment. She was also named the most overexposed artist of 2013 -- and we assume people took that literally.
Elsewhere, Taylor Swift's RED tour got the Top Tour vote, while Jay Z and Beyonce were named Hottest Couple, beating out Katy Perry and John Mayer.
Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsThis Sunday night -- five days before Britney Spears kicks off her Las Vegas residency -- E! will air a new documentary, I Am Britney Jean, taking fans backstage into the preparations behind the show. Along the way, Britney discusses some other topics as well -- like sex, for example.
In an advance clip from the 90-minute special, Britney laughs, "I love sex. I think sex is great, but I feel a little different about it now that I'm older." The clip is taken out of context, but it appears as though she's talking about looking "sexy" in some of her videos and on stage now that she's a mother of two. She adds, "Sometimes I feel like I'm 20 and then sometimes I feel like I'm 50."
The documentary airs on E! December 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Regan Cameron/Marie ClaireWhen it comes to the latest fashions, hairstyles or fads, we all look to celebrities to let us know what's hot and happening. And some of music's biggest stars are among those celebs who'll be leading the way in 2014, according to a new study.
E-Score, a consumer research service, polled people across the U.S. to find out which celebrities will have the most influence over their decisions in 2014 when it come to trends like fashion. Among the top 25 female trendsetters: Katy Perry, Pink, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani. As for the male influencers, Adam Levine, Macklemore, Prince, Pitbull, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Usher all make the list, as do Ne-Yo, Diddy, will.i.am, Jay Z and Nelly.
Topping the chart as the #1 female influencer, however, is Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. When it comes to the men, it's Mr. "Get Lucky" himself, PharrellWilliams.
Image Courtesy Ed Sheeran via InstagramEd Sheeran sure knows how to make a love connection. Along with his love ballads such as ”Lego House,” he's apparently great at setting up his friends from Friends.
“My housemate [Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid] who I’ve lived with for a year, I introduced him to Courteney Cox. They started dating and [are] crazy about each other,” he said in a recent interview with OMG! Insider.
Ed is such good friends with Cox that he got to meet Jennifer Aniston on Thanksgiving.
“I ended up spending a lot of time living in [Cox's] beach house, while bumping into all these random people,” he said. “We spent Thanksgiving eve at Jennifer’s and Thanksgiving day at Courteney’s.”
All the while talking about his new super-famous friends, Sheeran keeps his cool and even laughs about the fact that he knows these megastars.
And Aniston must really like Ed, as he admits he passed out drunk at her home on the holiday.
“Jennifer, I passed out on her – her house is crazy – but there’s these big steps that go down to the pool. I had drunk a bit too much and needed a time out, so I walked down and lay on one of the beds outside by the pool and passed out there. But yeah, Courteney’s [the next day] was a bit more tame.”
Beyonce's self-titled album is expected to remain atop the Billboard 200 chart for a second week, following her 617,000 sales start this week.
According to Billboard, industry forecasters suggest the album could sell between 260,000 and 280,000 copies during the week ending Sunday, December 22. The projected figures includes the physical copies of her album as well as the digital downloads.
If those estimates are accurate, Beyonce's fifth studio project will have sold a cumulative total of 877,000 copies in the U.S. -- making it among the 20 biggest-selling albums of 2013. As it currently stands, her project is ranked #24 on the year's best-seller list.
The new Billboard 200 will be revealed on Thursday, December 26.
SYCO/Columbia RecordsOne Direction has taken time out from their busy schedule to record a special video message for a very special fan of theirs.
Last Friday, 17-year-old Claire Davis, a student at Arapahoe High School in Colorado, was shot at point-blank range by a fellow student. Claire, a big 1D fan, is now in a coma, and according to TheDenverChannel.com, her friends started a social media campaign to encourage the group to travel to Colorado to visit her. Her friends have been tweeting the hashtag #Get1DtoClaire, and have also set up a Twitter account called Pray for Claire D.
Well, the campaign got the group's attention, and now they've recorded a YouTube video in which they wish the teen well. In the clip, Liam Payne says, "Hi Claire, we've heard you're a big fan and we just wanted to show you some love. What's happened to you is absolutely terrible, it's something we can't bear thinking about, so we just wanna share some love with you. All our prayers are with you and your family. Hope you get well soon...lots of love." Louis Tomlinson then blows a kiss.
1D's spokesman tells TheDenverChannel.com, "It’s truly amazing that the fans really came together to raise awareness and show their support. The bands' thoughts and prayers are with Claire and her family."
Last Friday, 18-year-old Karl Pierson entered Arapahoe High School armed with a shotgun and a slew of other weapons. His apparent motive may have been "revenge" against the school's debate team instructor after he was kicked off the team. According to police, in less than 90 seconds, Pierson set off an explosive device inside the school and fired five shots, one of which hit Claire. He then took his own life.