Interscope/Kemosabe/RCAKesha joined Zedd on stage at Coachella earlier this month for a surprise performance of his song "True Colors." Now the song is finally available to download. Listening to the lyrics, it's easy to see why Kesha likes the song.
"I've escaped my capture/And I have no master," she sings. "And somehow, it's like I've waited all my life/One page at a time/I'll show you my true colors/And no, I won't apologize for the fire in my eyes/Let you show you my true colors/It's ain't your rainbow."
As previously reported, Kesha has been embroiled in a legal battle in which she's asking to be released from her recording contract with producer Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records, owned by Sony. She's accused him of "sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally" abusing her for years. Dr. Luke has emphatically denied the allegations. A judge denied a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Kesha to terminate her contract with Sony, but Luke's Kemosabe gave them permission to release the song.
In a statement, Kesha says, "It's such a blessing that Zedd has given me this opportunity to record his song 'True Colors.' This song’s message spoke to me so deeply that I knew I had to find my own interpretation and record it, to spread the beautiful message of personal empowerment."
She adds, "It gives me hope that I will someday soon be able to release my own album. Until then, let's all celebrate our own truth."
As for Zedd, he says, "'True Colors' is an extremely meaningful song to me and when I learned the song also spoke to Kesha it became even more special and took on new meaning...I'm unbelievably excited to share this emotional collaboration with the world. This is more than just a song."
Columbia RecordsSuch is the scruinty of Taylor Swift's personal life that her boyfriend's new single will no doubt be picked apart by fans wondering if it's about her.
Taylor's sweetie, Calvin Harris, and Rihanna have teamed up for their first collaboration in five years: "This Is What You Came For." It's now available to download and stream. The two previously worked together on the 2011 worldwide smash "We Found Love."
“Baby, this is what you came for/Lightning strikes every time she moves/And everybody’s watching her/But she’s looking at you,” Rihanna sings on the pop/EDM track.
Calvin and Rihanna performed "We Found Love" together onstage at Coachella earlier this month, where he was the first DJ ever to be billed as a premier headliner at the festival. As previously reported, Taylor dropped hints a week ago at Coachella about the new collab when she posted a photo of herself on Instagram sporting a jacket emblazoned with the single’s lightning bolt artwork.
It's not clear if this single is a one-off, or the lead track for a future album. Calvin's last disc, Motion, came out in 2014. Last summer, he released the hit single "How Deep Is Your Love."
Calvin currently has a residency at Las Vegas' OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace; he plays Friday nights on select dates through the rest of the year.
Lloyd Bishop/NBCIggyAzalea dropped by Late Night on Thursday to plug her upcoming second studio album, Digital Distortion, and also helped host Seth Meyers out with one of his recurring sketches in which he explains the newest teen slang.
The sketch features Meyers explaining the "hot new slang the kids are using." For Thursday's bit, he gave the definitions for supposedly new slang words and phrases and brought the 25-year-old Australian rapper to give examples of how they're used in conversation.
The new slang terms included: "Whilefi" -- the socially sensible amount of time you need to be at someone's party before asking for the wi-fi password.
Azaleas example: "This party sucks because I have to talk to people, but soon, I'll be all up in Safari. Hashtag Whilefi."
Another of Meyers' teen slang words: "Broachella," which he defines as "a concert mostly attended by middle-aged ladies."
Iggy's example: "My mom and Auntie Cathy are dragging me to a Celine Dion concert this weekend. Hashtag "Broachella."
Other slang terms included, "Kasich" -- "A guy who has no chance, but keeps trying anyway," and "WhoDatWhoDat" -- "What your mom says when you're watching a movie with her."
Later, Azalea sat down for an interview with Meyers and discussed about several things, including a tattoo on her foot that she hid from her mother when they were on the beach by wearing socks.
She also talked about her new album, which, unlike the first, won't include any guest appearances by other artists. "I did have kind of like a crazy year. Last year was a big year for me in my life," the "Fancy" rapper explains. "And so, I wanted to think about it in some way, still a way that was fine and people could enjoy. But I felt like it was really important for me to be the one delivering that message."
Azalea also performed "Team," the first single from Digital Distortion, set to come out in June.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCMaroon5 frontman Adam Levine, who also serves as a coach on The Voice, dropped by The Tonight Show on Thursday and discussed a number of things with host Jimmy Fallon, including his pregnant wife's strange cravings.
Levine tells Fallon that model Behati Prinsloo, 26, who is pregnant with the couple's first child -- a daughter -- has one food in particular that she just can't live without lately.
"She's eating a lot of watermelon -- a lot of watermelon," says the 37-year-old singer. "You know, 'cause you get random cravings for stuff and there's just like so much watermelon."
"That's not bad," notes Fallon, explaining, "You'd think it would be like ice cream or all that stuff."
"She eats that too," replies Levine.
Some of the other subjects Adam and Jimmy discussed include his earliest musical influence: the 1980s metal band Motley Crüe.
"I was 10, Dr. Feelgood came out...and it was kind of an inappropriate record to like when you're 10," he recalls. "I had a karaoke machine...so I'd play the first side of Dr. Feelgood...and I had this really crappy drum set...and every day I came home from school...and play all of side one of Dr. Feelgood and just beat the crap out of the drums all day."
Levine also talked about his fellow Voice coach Blake Shelton, who, like Adam has, "been on the show forever."
When Fallon asked if the two might team up for a duet, Adam replied, "No," before joking, "I don't like him at all."
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Demi Lovato performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards; Cliff Lipson/CBSDemiLovato and Nick Jonas are gearing up for their Future Now Tour kicking off in June, and they tuned up for the trek by joining Late Late Show host James Corden for an upcoming installment of "Carpool Karaoke."
"What are you up to? We were just filming a new #CarpoolKaraokewith a couple friends," Corden announced on The Late Late Show's Instagram page on Thursday, along with a photo of the trio following their trip around Los Angeles.
An airdate for the segment has yet to be announced, but Corden also filmed a "Carpool Karaoke" with Selena Gomez a few weeks ago that's set to air in June, so look for Demi and Nick's piece to air sometime during the summer.
The Future Now Tour will kick off in Sunrise, Florida, June 24 and make over 40 stops in the United States and Canada, before wrapping up in Los Angeles September 17.
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAuthorities have obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate, but the court has authorized sealing it, ABC News confirmed Thursday.
Disclosing the details of what the sheriff’s deputies are searching for, court documents say, could compromise the investigation.
The paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration about the possibility of assisting in the investigation if the pharmaceuticals are found to be related to the singer's death.
The sheriff’s office says no active work is being done by the DEA at this time because the toxicology work has yet to be completed.
The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs, and a DEA official says the agency stands ready to assist if it is needed.
The week before Prince died at the age of 57, he was rushed to the hospital in Illinois, where, his rep told ABC News, he was treated for the flu.
Then, last Thursday, the music legend was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota. The next day, the chief medical examiner at the Midwest Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy on the singer's body to determine his cause of death. A report, which will include toxicology results, could "likely take weeks," according to the medical examiner's office.
ABC/Randy HolmesTori Kelly is currently out on a headlining tour of the U.S. -- tonight she plays the second of two evenings at New York City's Beacon Theatre. While visiting great cities like New York is definitely one exciting thing about being on tour, Tori says her favorite part of being on the road is the part where she's unconscious.
"I actually really like sleeping on the bus!" she laughs. "I’ve talked to different artists. Some people just hate it, they can’t fall asleep. But I absolutely love it. I think some of the best sleep I’ve ever gotten was in those bunks, even though they’re really tiny."
In fact, criss-crossing the country on a tour bus with her band is Tori's idea of a fantastic time.
"The bus life is so fun to me." she tells ABC Radio. "It’s like, you’re with a bunch of really close friends and it feels like family at the end of the tour. And we just get so close, literally, ‘cause you’re living so close. And it’s just fun. It feels like a big giant road trip."
While some artists go nuts when it comes to their tour riders -- the list of backstage demands for food, drinks and all kinds of nutty stuff -- Tori says her needs are pretty simple.
"I’m, like, a water snob," she laughs. "So when I get water it has to have, like, the little sport cap on it. So it’s like, the Smart Water with the sport cap...I guess that’s like the weirdest thing I can think of on [my rider]."
While Tori is on tour, a new single with her name on it is being released today. Twenty-five years ago this month, Amy Grant became the first ever Christian pop artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 with her song "Baby Baby." Amy's now marking the milestone by releasing a remix of the song featuring vocals from Tori, who wasn't even born when the song first came out.
"I definitely wanted to stay true to the melody and, you know, how the original was made," Tori explains. "But it wasn’t hard to stick to it ‘cause it made me realize just what a great song it always was, and it just felt so classic and timeless."
Amy and Tori are on the same record label, and Amy says that Tori has what it takes to be a big star. She should know: she has six Grammys.
Tori's tour will wrap up May 21 at the Greek Theatre in L.A.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCCalvin Harris is hoping lightning strikes twice with Rihanna. The DJ-producer released a snippet of his new tune with the singer, “This Is What You Came For,” today on Twitter.
“Baby, this is what you came for/Lightning strikes every time she moves/And everybody’s watching her/But she’s looking at you,” Rihanna sings on the track, which officially drops tomorrow.
It’s not the first time the two artists have teamed up. They scored a hit in 2011 with “We Found Love.”
Calvin announced their new collab on Wednesday, but his girlfriend Taylor Swift was dropping hints about it at Coachella a week ago. She posted a photo of herself on Instagram sporting a jacket emblazoned with the single’s lightning bolt artwork.
Whitney HoustonOscar winning director, Kevin Macdonald is set to direct a theatrical feature documentary about the life of Whitney Houston.
The feature, which is the first documentary to be officially authorized by her estate, is said to be a complete story of Whitney's life from the point of view of those who knew her best.
The film, which will be produced by Oscar winner Simon Chinn, will include an interview with Clive Davis, founder and president of Arista Records, who is credited for bringing Houston to super stardom.
In an interview with Variety, Macdonald explains how the documentary will highlight the singer like never before:
“The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years. She changed the way pop music was sung — bringing it back full circle to its blues and gospel roots. She was also completely unique in being a black pop star who sold in countries where black artists don’t traditionally sell.”
Macdonald adds, "I want to reveal a woman that even her most die-hard fans never knew; and a woman those new to her life and music will never forget."
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for amfARKaty Perry will be the headlining performer at the 23rd annual Cinema Against AIDS amfAR event next month, according to Women’s Wear Daily.
The May 19 event will take place during the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 11 through the 22. Also attending the gala are amfAR global campaign chairs Sharon Stone, Kevin Spacey, Heidi Klum, Milla Jovovich, Adrien Brody, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Cinema Against AIDS raises money for AIDS research and has collected more than $170 million over the years.
Rockabye Baby MusicReady to soothe your baby with the sounds of Adele? Lullaby Renditions of Adele, the latest entry in the Rockabye Baby! children's music series, is now available to stream on Entertainment Weekly ahead of its release tomorrow.
As previously announced, the album features baby-friendly instrumental versions of Adele’s biggest hits including "Rolling in the Deep," "Hello" and "Someone Like You."
“When we started Rockabye Baby ten years ago, we produced only lullaby renditions of our favorite rock bands,” Lisa Roth, the founder of the album series, tells EW. “…But every genre has its rock stars, and I think it’s fair to say that Adele is a rock star of the highest order. I dare say there are a bazillion fans who would agree. This was a particularly fun one to produce and we’re excited to share it.”
Here is the track list:
"Hello" "Someone Like You" "Rolling in the Deep" "Set Fire to the Rain" "Rumour Has It" "Hometown Glory" "Skyfall" "Million Years Ago" "Turning Tables" "Chasing Pavements" "Make You Feel My Love" "When We Were Young"
ABC/Richard HarbaughImagine Dragons has premiered their new song "Not Today," which appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Me Before You. You can listen to the acoustic-based, string-laden track now on Vevo.
With lyrics like "It's gotta get easier and easier somehow, but not today," the song seems to reflect the plot of Me Before You, which stars as Games of Thrones' Emilia Clarke as a young woman who begins taking care of a quadriplegic, played by Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games series.
The soundtrack for Me Before You, which also includes songs by Ed Sheeran and X Ambassadors, will be released June 3, the same day the film hits theaters.
Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagicSara Bareilles was served some good news this morning. She and her Waitress musical are officially nominees for this year’s Drama Desk Awards.
Sara was recognized twice -- in the Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics categories -- for writing and composing the show’s songs. The Broadway show, which officially opened on Sunday, scored a nod for Outstanding Musical and the show’s star, Jessie Mueller, was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Supporting character Christopher Fitzgerald is up for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical.
“Oh what a beautiful morning!” Sara tweeted after the nominations were announced Thursday. “Thank you for the #dramadesknominations!! Yay @WaitressMusical Let's dance.”
The 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards will take place Sunday, June 5 at The Town Hall in New York City.
BillboardAs Prince continues to dominate the Billboard charts a week after his death, Billboard pays tribute to the late musical genius with a special issue dedicated to his memory.
The issue features an extensive look back at his career -- including his defining Dirty Mind album, his iconic Purple Rainstyle and his many female muses. Billboard also includes some of Prince’s quirkiest stories and quotes, plus reactions from his former flame Sheila E., comedian Tracy Morgan and producer Jimmy Jam.
Tracy recounts how Prince’s song "Condition of the Heart" helped him cope with his father’s death and he credits Prince’s music for teaching him “how to be gentle” with a woman. He also says that after seeing Prince up-close, “I turned gay for about five seconds.”
Sheila E. reflects that she and Prince “always loved each other” and Jimmy says Prince’s “talent was singular, second to nobody.”
The musician died last Thursday at the age of 57. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCAustralian rapper Iggy Azalea is clarifying her latest online rant which criticized Beyonce for referring to Jay-Z's alleged side chick as "Becky".
In a series of tweets that started on Tuesday, Azalea expressed her irritation with the word, schooling fans on why she found the term offensive and stereotypical. The Aussie rapper explained that "Becky" was created to describe a white woman's proclivity to perform oral sex. She compared the use of the word to calling a black woman, "Sha Nay Nay" or an Asian woman, "Ming Lee."
While many of Azelea's fans disagreed with her assessment of Beyonce's use of the word from the "Sorry" track on Lemonade, the "Fancy" rapper stuck to her guns, saying, "the point is: no one likes to be called out their name or generalized. the end."
Apparently, though, Iggy felt the collective pressure of the Beyhive. She further tweeted Wednesday, "No i dont think Beyonce is racist nor do i think calling someone "BECKY" is the same as a racial slur. I actually like her and the project".
Randall SlavinNick Jonas and Demi Lovatodecided earlier this week to cancel their tour dates in North Carolina in response to the state’s controversial HB2 law, also known as the “bathroom bill.” Nick tells E! News it was a “tough thing” to do.
"It's a tough thing and what makes it more tough is I have family in North Carolina and friends there," Nick says. "On top of the disappointment I'm sure some fans felt, I've got personal disappointment."
Nick and Demi nixed their July concert dates in Raleigh and Charlotte because they believe the HB2 law is anti-LGBT. The legislation mandates that people must use public bathrooms that match the sex that's indicated on their birth certificates.
"Demi and I felt strongly that we had to take a firm stand and make a bold statement and it felt like the best option was to cancel the shows," Nick explains. "We're grateful for the fans that have supported [our decision] and understand it. Hopefully, we'll see things change. It's a tough situation for everybody."
The Honda Civic Tour: Future Now kicks off June 24 in Sunrise, Florida.
Dick Clark ProductionsNickJonas will hit the stage with a special guest at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.
Nick will team up with Tove Lo for a performance of his new single, "Close."
In addition, Demi Lovato -- Nick's current touring partner -- will deliver a rendition of her hit, "Cool for the Summer."
The bill for the show also includes Justin Bieber, DNCE, The Go-Go’s, Shawn Mendes and Pink.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Ludacris and Ciara, will air live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on May 22. The Weeknd is this year's leading nominee, with nods in 16 categories.
ABC/Heidi GutmanWhile Jason Derulo enjoys his California mansion -- complete with a bar in the bathroom -- he’s still trying to sell his Florida estate. Curbed Miami reports the singer recently relisted the Coconut Creek pad for $2.25 million, down from his initial listing of $2.9 million.
It’s unclear if this house also comes with cocktail accoutrements in any of its nine bathrooms, but it does boast seven bedrooms, a waterfall by the pool and a fitness center.
The Miami native bought the home for $1.75 million in 2012.
Meanwhile, Jason is soon to become a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. “When I come face-to-face with myself, it’s going to be a very special moment,” he says in a video posted to Twitter this week. “I have always wanted there to be two me’s and this is finally the opportunity. There will two Derulos. It’s a spectacle; it’s something to see.”
Catie LaffoonCharliePuth has followed up his smash hit "See You Again" with "One Call Away." Charlie says the success of the song has really surprised him, and he's even more surprised that it's literally bringing his fans to their knees.
"I’m floored by it and I’m happy that everyone’s playing it and listening to it," he tells ABC Radio. "Y'know, I was performing it and a guy got down on one knee the other day and proposed to his girlfriend right in front of me. I’ve never been so, like, overwhelmed with emotions in my life!" And yes, the girl said yes.
Charlie just wrapped up a sold-out headlining tour of the U.S. and is about to head overseas. He says the tour was exciting because he could literally see night by night how many fans he was winning over with his live shows.
"After every show I would get offstage and, like, my Twitter account would go up a thousand followers," he tells ABC Radio, noting that it's the best kind of instant feedback. "[When] your songs go on the radio, there's a bit of lag time for people to find out who you are," he explains. "But when you're on stage and you get offstage people just like follow you immediately. So it's a really cool thing to experience."
Charlie's live show made a big impact on his fans because, on the suggestion of his manager, he started showing off his impressive piano-playing skills onstage.
"He was like, 'Yo, you should just, like, solo for 10 minutes at times. Really just wail on the piano keys,'" Charlie reveals. "So I did, and I was really surprised: the audience of 16-year-olds and up, sometimes 12-year-olds, they loved it. They ate it up. That's something I'm going to do more on this European leg of the tour." He says he'll also be showing off his keyboard skills this summer, when he opens up a couple dates for one of his musical idols, Billy Joel.
Meanwhile, "One Call Away" continues to dominate the airwaves. One of the lyrics of the song goes, "Superman's got nothing on me." But where does Charlie come down in the whole Batman vs. Superman argument? That's easy, he says.
"Well, of course I have to be on team Superman, because Superman helped get my first #1 radio song," he laughs, adding, "I also want to fly, too."
Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup for Parkwood EnterainmentBeyonce launched her Formation World Tour in Miami on Wednesday evening with a nod to her husband, Jay Z, the subject of infidelity rumors thanks to her new album, Lemonade.
She closed her set at Marlins Park by dedicating a performance of "Halo" to the rapper, who was in the audience.
"I want to dedicate this song to my beautiful husband," she said. "Boo boo, I love you so much."
Earlier in the night, Bey sang the Lemonade track that's spurred much speculation about the state of her marriage, "Sorry" -- which includes the now-famous lyric, "He better call Becky with the good hair."
Beyonce took time in front of the Miami crowd to acknowledge the death of Prince last week. "Prince, thank you for your beautiful music," she said. "God, thank you for speaking through a beautiful artist that inspired all of us."
At one point, "Purple Rain" was played during a costume change break, with a screen on stage displaying the color purple.
The Formation World Tour continues Friday in Tampa.
Here’s the set list for Bey’s Formation tour:
"Formation" "Sorry" "Flawless" "Run the World" "Mine" "Baby Boy"/"Standing on the Sun" "Hold Up" "Countdown" "Me, Myself and I" "Running (Naughty Boy)" "All Night" -- her favorite track from album "Don’t Hurt Yourself" "Ring the Alarm" "Naughty Girl"/"Independent Woman"/"Diva" "Flawless Remix" "Feeling Myself" "Yonce" "7/11" "Drunk in Love" "Rocket" "Daddy Lessons" "Single Ladies" "Purple Rain" (Prince cover) "Crazy in Love"/"Bootylicious" "Naughty Girl" "Party" "Blow"/"Nasty Girl" "Sweet Dreams" (Eurhythmics cover) "Freedom" "Survivor" "End of Time/Grown Woman" "Halo"