RCA/Paola KudackiAliciaKeys has just made your mid-week easier to bear, with the release of a brand-new single.
“In Common,” Alicia’s first release in four years, finds the fifteen-time Grammy winner singing about lingering in a lover’s embrace. “Said I’d be gone by five/But it’s sunrise and I’m still in your bed/Good-night usually means good-bye/Me replaying memories in my head,” she coos on the song's first verse.
“In Common” is available now now for download at all the usual digital platforms. Look for it on Alicia’s as-yet untitled sixth studio album, due out later this summer from RCA.
You can see Alicia perform “In Common” live for the first time on NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend.
PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentThis summer, buddies Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato are teaming up for their joint Honda Civic "Future Now" tour, in support of Demi's album Confident, and Nick's upcoming disc Last Year Was Complicated. Nick says that given where the former Disney stars are now in their careers, a double bill just "made perfect sense."
"We always knew it was a possibility, the idea that we would go out together, and that at some point and time that would happen," Nick tells ABC Radio. "I think that over the last year, so much has developed for Demi and I career-wise -– really trying to step into a new chapter --and it just felt like it had developed enough that it just made perfect sense."
So what can we expect from this tour? Well, Nick says he and Demi aren't going to be wallowing in nostalgia, for one thing.
"I think we’re gonna be really selective about what we perform," he tells ABC Radio. "It's about looking towards the future and not looking back. It’s a joint tour in every sense of the phrase, in the sense that you’ll get a Demi show and a Nick show and it won’t be compromised either way, as far as the length of the set."
That being said, Nick says that he's excited to present songs from all the different phases of his career, from his latest hit, "Close," to his breakthrough solo smash "Jealous," to his work with theJonas Brothers.
"I’m thrilled to dig into my catalog, and play some new stuff and then also stuff from the last record, and then make that decision – you know, what else makes sense within my set," he explains. "If it’s moments from the time with the Brothers, and maybe it’s songs that I wrote solely by myself...but the beauty is in the journey, and we’re excited to kinda just dig in and take one step at a time."
Nick was in New York City on Tuesday as part of Live Nation's National Concert Day Show and event, which featured everyone from the Goo Goo Dolls and Rob Thomas, to rapper Wiz Khalifa and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. As a special incentive to check out a show this summer, from May 13 to May 20, Live Nation is offering $20 tickets to nearly a thousand summer concerts -- visit LiveNation.com for more information.
The Honda Civic Future Now tour gets underway June 24 in Sunrise, FL.
Frank Micelotta/Parkwood Entertainment via Getty ImagesStormy weather interfered with Beyoncé's concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tuesday night.
Heavy rain and lightning led to the folks in charge temporarily suspending the performance at Carter-Finley Stadium as fans took cover, ABC affiliate WTVD-TV reports. The show resumed around 11:30 p.m. local time.
The weather caused problems before the concert, too. The gates were scheduled to open at 5:30, but that was pushed back due to lightning.
Bey takes her Formation World Tour to her native Houston on Saturday.
Ben WattsRob Thomas is one of the many artists hitting the road this summer, on a double bill with his pals Counting Crows. He says he'll be paying tribute to Prince in his set, and is also weighing whether or not he really wants to cancel his tour date in North Carolina, as many other artists have done this year.
Rob was in New York City on Tuesday as part of Live Nation's National Concert Day Show and event, which featured everyone from the Goo Goo Dolls and Nick Jonas, to rapper Wiz Khalifa and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. As a special incentive to check out a show this summer, from May 13 to May 20, Live Nation is offering $20 tickets to nearly a thousand summer concerts -- visit LiveNation.com for more information.
For Rob, his most memorable summer concert experience came the year that he and Matchbox Twenty toured with the band Semisonic, who had a big hit with "Closing Time." Rob says that song provided the soundtrack for magical moments with his wife, Marisol.
"There was that one moment, when they would play 'Closing Time'...and it always happened right when the sun was just about to head down...you know, that beautiful dusk moment at an outdoor show," Rob tells ABC Radio. "And so every night...we’d sit on the side [of the stage], and watch them sing 'Closing Time.' And so to this day, my wife will cry real tears every time it comes on the radio."
During his solo sets, Rob likes to throw in an '80s cover song, and he says this summer, it'll be a Prince tune, in honor of the late singer who died last month at the age of 57. He tells ABC Radio that he and his band are trying to decide between "I Would Die for You" and "Baby I’m a Star."
As for the North Carolina question, many acts have canceled shows in response to the state’s controversial HB2 law, also known as the “bathroom bill.” The legislation, considered by some to be anti-LGBT, mandates that people must use public bathrooms that match the sex listed on their birth certificates. Rob says he's opposed to the law, but doesn't want to penalize his fans in North Carolina, especially his gay fans.
"We have a lot of gay fans that have to live in that every day," he tells ABC Radio. "And so, why wouldn’t we want...them to have a great Saturday night, among people that represent and respect the hell out of how proud you are [that] they're that strong?"
Rob, who grew up in the Deep South, adds, "It takes a lot to be 'out' in North Carolina. If you want to talk about bravery, there’s a lot of bravery that comes with that. So wouldn’t you [wanna] reward them by giving them a good show?"
Rob's tour with Counting Crows kicks off July 22 in West Palm Beach, FL. The North Carolina dates are on July 27 and 28.
Trae Patton/NBCPharrell Williams has only one artist remaining on his The Voice team following the latest results show.
Daniel Passino, who was "Instantly Saved" last week, was eliminated Tuesday night, losing a social media vote to Nick Hagelin of Team Christina Aguilera. That leaves Hannah Huston as the only artist remaining on Team Pharrell.
Before the "Instant Save" vote, Daniel and Nick both performed. Nick sang “Thinking Out Loud” by EdSheeran, while Daniel tackled "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.
During the one-hour broadcast, Joe Jonas' band DNCE stopped by to perform their songs "Toothbrush" and "Cake by the Ocean." Former Voice champ Sawyer Fredericks returned to entertain the crowd, too.
The top nine, including artists from Teams Adam Levine and BlakeShelton, will take the stage next Monday night on NBC. Peoplemagazine reports Blake and his girlfriend, occasional Voice coach Gwen Stefani, will perform a song they co-wrote, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart," on the show. It's off his upcoming album, If I'm Honest.
ABC/Randy HolmesSinger Mariah Carey is taking a page from Beyonce and Nicki Minaj's performance handbook as the singer was seen giving a fan a lap dance in Johannesburg, South Africa during the Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour's last show on May 2.
Carey, dressed in a black sequined leotard, was seen straddling dancer and choreographer Bryan Tanaka during her performance of "Touch My Body."
The dancer, who has also worked with Beyonce, was brought on stage, blindfolded and was put on a chair as Mariah dramatically bounced herself from side to side as she sat in his lap.
To see the full performance video, head to YouTube.
Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagicSafe to say Lorde has the best souvenir from last night’s Met Gala. The singer, who broke her arm before the big event, had her cast signed by a slew of the A-listers in attendance.
“If u ever wanna know who was at the 2016 met gala they're all on my arm,” she writes on Instagram, along with a photo of her autographed cast.
Among those who adorned her plaster with Sharpie-drawn messages: her bestie Taylor Swift and Kanye West, who signed it “Yeezus.” Once that cast comes off, Lorde could make a killing on eBay.
Image Group LA/ABCDemi Lovato is about to embark on a tour with Nick Jonas this summer, but she’s already thinking even further ahead. In a new cover story with Latina magazine, Demi says she’s ready to tap into some raw emotions for her next album -- which she promises will be a more "soulful" follow-up to 2015’s sassy Confident.
“There’s a lot of pain that I experienced over the past year, and I’m so ready to write about it,” she says. “I’ve stayed sober through it all, I’m a stronger person, but it’s definitely been a very painful year.”
Demi suffered the loss of two uncles, her grandfather and two beloved pets. “When I say goodbye to somebody, I tell them I love them, if I do,” she says. “I make sure to hug them. I make sure to look at them like it’s the last time I’ll ever see them.”
And speaking of love, Demi isn’t shy about discussing her man, Wilmer Valderrama. “When I dated white guys, it wasn’t as passionate as my relationship with Wilmer,” she says. “Maybe that’s just Wilmer. But I do believe that Latin people are just more expressive, more passionate with their emotions.”
She’s also been outspoken in her support of Kesha, who went through a very public legal battle with a man she allege abused her, music producer Dr. Luke, allegations he has denied.
“I thought it was extremely brave of a pop star in the industry to come out and talk about that,” Demi says. “I do believe it’s very f***** up that he’s not letting her go, aside from all of the other stuff. I think women artists shouldn’t compete -- we have to support each other.”
Alasdair McLellanWith Mother’s Day just around the corner, Adele has claimed her spot on a list of the 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2016 chosen by Working Mother magazine.
It marks the first year the singer has made the list, with the mag praising the fact that she rules the charts and still remains a hands-on mom to three-year-old son Angelo. Working Mother cites a recent Vogue interview in which Adele said, “[Angelo] makes me very proud of myself. When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t.”
Meanwhile, Adele took to Instagram Tuesday to praise another powerful mom on the list -- Beyonce. She posted a photo of herself fawning over an enlarged Beyonce album cover and wrote her reaction to Beyonce’s Lemonade album.
“I'm not late on this I've just been speechless,” she writes. “Beyonce is the most inspiring person I've ever had the pleasure of worshipping. Her talent, beauty, grace and work ethic are all in a league of their own. I appreciate you so much! Thank god for Beyoncé.”
Monty Brinton/CBSBy the looks of it, Gwen Stefani would make a great road trip buddy. In a new teaser clip for her “Carpool Karoake” segment on The Late Late Show, Gwen joins James Corden to sing some tunes and imitate emojis.
The two sing along to one of Gwen’s old No Doubt hits, “Don’t Speak,” and her newer single, “Used to Love You.” James also asks her to give her impressions of the red lady dancing emoji, the kissy face emoji and the eggplant emoji. He stumps her with that last one.
Courtesy of MasterClassYou don’t have be a contestant on The Voice to get singing tips from Christina Aguilera. Her instructional singing program is now available on MasterClass.
“This class is for all the artists out there trying to find their voice,” Christina says. “I’m proud to share through MasterClass my love of music and all of the vocal techniques I’ve learned throughout the years.”
Her program will feature more than 20 video lessons, covering three-and-a-half hours. It’ll focus on vocal performance and technique, including breath control, vibrato, growls and how to expand one’s range. Christina will also break down some of her biggest hits and share lessons she’s learned in the biz.
Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagicAfter walking the Met Gala red carpet in a tech-inspired bodysuit and sky-high platforms, Lady Gaga took the stage at the event’s after-party last night.
She and Mark Ronson rocked out on electric guitars for a special performance of Talking Heads’ 1983 new wave song “Burning Down the House.” Gaga changed out of her silver Versace outfit in favor of a more comfortable T-shirt and blazer.
A couple of months ago, Mark confirmed he’s been working on Gaga’s new album -- a follow-up to 2013’s ARTPOP.
Niko Guardia Blossom BerkofskyShawn Mendes is currently in the midst of his world tour and now he’s giving fans a backstage glimpse into life on the road. Billboard has premiered the first episode of his World Tour Diaries series.
In the black-and-white video, the camera follows Shawn from the end of one of his gigs back to his hotel room and onto his tour bus. It then shows him preparing to perform to 8,000 people in Oslo, Norway -- the biggest show he had played to date.
“I’m really nervous today,” Shawn admits. “Extra nervous. Once I get out there, I know seeing the crowd and hearing the crowd is gonna just blow me away and I’m gonna feel so comfortable and ready to do it.”
The Oslo show took place last month. After playing a show in Paris, France on Monday, Shawn heads to London for back-to-back shows on Thursday and Friday.
Afeni Shakur in September, 2006; Annette Brown/Getty Images
Afeni Shakur Davis, mother of the late rap legend Tupac Shakur, has died at age 69.
Davis' death was confirmed by the Marin County, CA, Sheriff's Department in a series of tweets Tuesday morning.
"Renown [sic] rap artist #Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur Davis, age 69, died late last night in Marin County," the sheriff's department tweeted at 6:32 a.m. ET. Subsequent tweets reveal deputies responded to a report of possible cardiac arrest at 9:34 p.m. PT Tuesday at Davis' home in Sausalito, CA. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she "died @ 10:29 PM," the tweet reads.
"Sheriff's Coroners Office will lead investigation to determine exact cause & manner of Afeni Shakur's death," reads another tweet.
A former member of the Black Panthers, Afeni Shakur -- born Alice Faye Williams -- gave birth to son Tupac in June of 1971, just one month after she was acquitted of taking part in various bombings the Black Panthers were accused of carrying out. Tupac later celebrated her in his 1995 song "Dear Mama."
After Shakur was murdered September 13, 1996, Afeni became the trustee of his estate, creating the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation to that end. She was co-creator of the 2014 Tupac-inspired Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, and was involved in the forthcoming Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me, scheduled for release this November.
ABC/Adam TaylorBoyzII Men's Wanyá Morris is still standing after Monday night's Dancing with the Stars, but not before landing in jeopardy.
The competitors delivered two separate routines: a solo performance saluting icons of music and a team dance. Morris and his pro partner Lindsay Arnold earned a combined score of 55 out of a possible 60, landing them in a three-way tie for second place with Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy and UFC fighter Paige VanZant and partner Mark Ballas.
Wanyá and Arnold performed a foxtrot to Aretha Franklin's version of “I Say a Little Prayer," earning scores of nine from all three judges, for a total of 27. Len Goodman thought it was "full of whimsy and joy," although he did have a minor problem with Morris' posture during the routine. Carrie Ann Inaba also liked the routine, but demanded more, explaining this is the time in the competition when he needs to "put it on the floor and leave it on the floor."
Morris picked up an extra 28 points following the team dance, in which the men beat the women. The ladies earned 25 points.
Backstage, the highly competitive singer told ABC Radio he wasn't angry over not getting three 10s from the judges. "Never upset...what it does is just...gives us something to drive for," he said.
When asked if juggling DWTS and his concert commitments are creating any tension between him and his Boyz II Men bandmates, Wanyá insisted, "If life hasn't broken up Boyz II Men, Dancing with the Stars doesn't have a chance."
America's Next Top Model season-22 champ Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd had the night's top score, with a combined total of 56. In a double elimination, Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kim Fields and her dance partner Sasha Farber, and pro football player Von Miller and his pro partner Witney Carson were sent home.
Dancing with the Stars continues next Monday on ABC.
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesTaylorSwift wasn't just one of the co-hosts of the Met Gala in New York City on Monday night -- she was also one of its most-talked-about celebrities.
The singer made waves at the star-studded event with a metallic silver dress, dark lipstick and a short, platinum blonde hairdo. It was in line with the night's theme, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology."
Beyoncé took a break from her just-launched tour -- and the persistent rumors about her marriage to Jay Z -- by showing up in an elegant peach gown. The rapper was not in attendance.
Katy Perry's outfit was innovative -- she wore a black Prada gown that featured gold and even a Tamagotchi digital pet.
Kate Upton may have had the greatest accessory of all -- a new engagement ring. The model revealed to E! News that her longtime boyfriend, baseball pitcher Justin Verlander, recently proposed. "I'm really excited, he asked me right before season started so we've been keeping it on the down low for quite a while," she said.
Other stars who walked the red carpet included Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Alicia Vikander and co-host Idris Elba.
Check out ABCNews.com for photos of some of the stars who attended the event.
Adam Wakefield on “The Voice”; Trae Patton/NBCThe latest Voice performance show began on a patriotic note, with appearances by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.
The two joined host Carson Daly at the start of Monday night's two-hour broadcast to promote the five-year anniversary of their Joining Forces initiative, which calls on Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families.
Obama introduced a performance by the top 10, who sang "Home" by Dierks Bentley. Afterward, the artists from Teams Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams competed for viewers' votes.
The contestant who was "instantly saved" last week, DanielPassino of Team Pharrell, was first up with the Aerosmith hit “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” His former coach, Christina, said he laid out his heart and soul with passion. Pharrell detected pitch issues, but he pointed out that in the middle of the performance there was a note that "came in under" and Daniel pushed through.
Team Adam's Shalyah Fearing followed up with Emeli Sandé's "My Kind Of Love." Blake said he likes it when Shalyah is "wild" with her singing. Pharrell enjoyed the fact that she operates "in the now." Adam said he regretted telling her earlier in the season to rein it in.
Nick Hagelin of Team Christina tackled "I Can't Help It" by Michael Jackson. Pharrell commented that Nick -- Christina's "comeback artist" earlier in the season -- represents hope for people looking for a second chance. Christina said the influence of the King of Pop on Nick is in him and he can "execute it really well."
Hannah Huston of Team Pharrell covered the Adele hit "Rolling in the Deep." Adam liked 99% of it, but thought there was one note that was slightly off in the chorus. Pharrell seemingly disagreed, saying the performance was a "1,000% amazing." He added that Hannah has shown growth as an artist.
Team Adam rocker Laith Al-Saadi played the B.B. King version of "The Thrill Is Gone." Blake praised his guitar skills but cautioned him not to downplay his singing ability. Adam said it was the "best show of musicianship" he's ever seen on the show.
Paxton Ingram of Team Blake belted out Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now." Blake said Paxton is "becoming this artist right before our very eyes." He declared that Paxton's performances this week and last is the reason why he's a coach on The Voice.
Paxton's teammate, Mary Sarah, sang "Stand by Your Man" by TammyWynette. Adam said it was very much "in the zone" of who Mary Sarah is. Blake said the country audience was engaged with the performance, which blew "the roof off the place."
Bryan Bautista delivered a rendition of Romeo Santos' "Promise" for Team Christina. Pharrell gushed about how amazing it was. Christina stated that Bryan is the only remaining artist representing the Latino community.
Alisan Porter of Team Christina sang Patty Griffin's "Let Him Fly." It was a choice inspired by her past addiction and a boyfriend who passed away. Adam commended her for making the tune personal. Christina said she was proud of Alisan for sharing a heartfelt story.
Team Blake's Adam Wakefield closed the show by sitting behind the piano for Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman." Pharrell loved the piano solo in the middle, and said Adam is the "next one." Blake called it his favorite performance of the night.
One artist will be sent home on Tuesday night's results show, airing at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteRachel Platten has been nominated for her share of awards since she broke out big with "Fight Song," but she never expected that her debut hit -- or at least, her performance of it -- would be nominated for an Emmy, let alone win one, but that's exactly what happened over the weekend.
Rachel's inspirational performance of "Fight Song" on ABC's Good Morning America last May won the Daytime Emmy award in the category of Outstanding Musical Performance in a Talk Show/Morning Program. Not only does GMA get a trophy, but Rachel does as well. Considering that her competition in that category included Adele, Bruno Mars and Annie Lennox, it's quite an accomplishment, so no wonder Rachel was thrilled.
"I kind of screamed," Rachel tells ABC Radio about her win. "I had no idea that was gonna happen. I was like, 'Adele will definitely win. Adele is very powerful. She wins a lot.' I didn’t really at all expect that to happen, so I was really proud."
Rachel is also really proud of her recently wrapped Wildfire tour, which was her first-ever headlining trek. She tells ABC Radio that it was a revelation for her to be able to spend as much time as she wanted chatting between songs and telling her fans the stories behind them.
"I wanted to talk more and more," she says. "I wanted to tell them stories more and more. I got more and more comfortable with understanding that for the first time ever I was the headliner. I didn’t have to rush! I could take my time and really give the audience -- give my fans -- what they wanted, which was not just the songs, but me."
Rachel will take some time out from polishing her new Emmy to do a prestigious performance next week -- she's singing at the Invictus Games, which were created by Prince Harry of Great Britain for wounded armed forces members and veterans to compete against one another in a variety of sports.
This year, they're taking place in Florida, and Rachel will perform May 12 at the closing ceremony, along with Phillip Phillips, Voice winner Jordan Smith, country group Rascal Flatts and rapper Flo Rida.
Parkwood/ColumbiaBeyonce is claiming her music throne one track at a time as the "Formation" singer has managed to have all of her 12 Lemonade songs chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
In true Bey-dom fashion, the pop star's album made music history by having 12 of its tracks debut on the Billboard Hot 100, while all 12 also appeared on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. According to Billboard, this is the first time that a female act has charted 12 or more songs on the Hot 100 at the same time, surpassing Taylor Swift's previous record of 11, set on November 13, 2010.
Since its release, Lemonade has taken the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums with 653,000 in sales and streams in the week, according to Nielsen Music. The album also tops the magazine's sales-based R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with 485,000 in pure album sales, giving Queen Bey her sixth number one on both charts.
Beyonce's Hot 100 chart listing for Lemonade is below.
Position, Title No. 10, "Formation" No. 11, "Sorry" No. 13, "Hold Up" No. 18, "6 Inch," featuring The Weeknd No. 28, "Don't Hurt Yourself," featuring Jack White No. 35, "Freedom," featuring Kendrick Lamar No. 37, "Pray You Catch Me" No. 38, "All Night" No. 41, "Daddy Lessons" No. 43, "Sandcastles" No. 47, "Love Drought" No. 63, "Forward," featuring James Blake
NPG Records/Chelsea LaurenLos Angeles will be partying like it's 1999 on Friday, May 6, as the city is set to honor Prince on the steps of city hall.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will celebrate the late musician's legacy in music and philanthropy. The celebration will be hosted by the offices of Mayor Eric Garcetti, council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson and council member Jose Huizar.
The announcement came via the event's Facebook page, which reads in part, "Our very own City Hall was the prime location for the 'Diamonds and Pearls' video. The City of Los Angeles is proud to have been the home away from home for a tremendous talent that touched our city. We look forward to celebrating his contributions to music, Los Angeles, and the world."
Mayor Garcetti expressed his admiration for the singer via a statement issued last week.
"Prince was a once-in-a-generation talent. His genius on stage, and in the studio, was matched only by his determination to protect the integrity of his art and defend the rights of artists to control what they create," he said. "Memories of his work take me back to my childhood -- and years later, I had the good fortune to witness his brilliance during an incredible performance at the Roosevelt Hotel. That night, I spoke to him briefly about my admiration for his music. Today, I join people in Los Angeles and throughout the world in mourning the loss of a true icon."
Meanwhile, news has emerged that before he died, Prince changed his diet.
That's according to his chef, who confirmed to ABC News that the singer, who died April 21 at the age of 57, had been eating less in recent days, and had asked for foods that were more "easily digestible," because he suffered from frequent sore throats and an upset stomach.
The chef also said that when he heard that Prince's plane had made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois the week before he died because the singer was ill, he was not concerned, because he knew there had been was flu going around.
Meanwhile, sources familiar with the investigation tell ABC News that Prince was using multiple doctors to get prescriptions for painkillers, which he'd reportedly been taking for his chronic hip pain. A search warrant has been executed on a local Walgreens in connection with the investigation.
Finally, a company called Heir Hunters International, which specializes in locating people who stand to inherit estates, has identified two additional heirs in addition to Prince's sister Tyka and his half siblings. They are a niece and a grandniece of one of Prince’s half brothers, Duane.
A local attorney tells ABC News that according to Minnesota law, they would split Duane's share of the estate, which means that they'd each get 1/14.