Image Group LA/ABCNo, you’re not imagining it. Taylor Swift has been wearing cop tops and flared mini-skirts a lot lately. And she readily admits her style obsession.
“It’s hard to say when I decided they’re what I want to wear all the time, but I’ll make up my mind, and that’s all you’ll see me wear for two years,” she tells People magazine.
If you look back at her fashion evolution, she’s clearly gone through some phases. “You might recall from 2012 to 2014, you didn’t see me in any outfit that didn’t look like I was straight out of the ’50s,” she says. “Who knows what it’ll be next.”
She does spice up her wardrobe every now and then, though. She recently sported a harness as an accessory while carrying a studded Christian Louboutin x Louis Vuitton bag. “I never say fierce because I think it should be used lightly and when it’s appropriate, but this is a fierce bag,” she tells People. “It looks like a weapon. It’s got spikes on it!”
It’ll also set you back $5,150. But when you’re one of Forbes’ highest-paid celebrities, you can afford to wear what you want.
ABC/Randy HolmesAfter being told she was “just here for decoration” while making her last album, Carly Rae Jepsen knew she had to take control this time around. She tells ElleCanada that with her new album, Emotion, she was adamant about being in charge.
“When I first moved [to L.A.], I still felt like a little girl, even though I was 26,” she says. “I was just very grateful for everything and scared to say anything. There were so many things that I wouldn’t be vocal about. This time, I’m a little bit less afraid and more in control.”
She says that after the runaway success of “Call Me Maybe,” she was rushed to create her 2012 album Kiss. “I’d show up to a [writing] session and people would be like ‘You’re just here for decoration; we’ll write the song and give you credit,’” she says.
After that disheartening experience -- and amid constant badgering by her management to top the success of “Call Me Maybe” -- Carly took a two-year break, which included a lot of soul-searching and a stint on Broadway in Cinderella.
“I think doing Cinderella really placed me outside of what I thought was the whole world,” she says. “Being around people who not only didn’t care if you were in the pop world but actually preferred if you weren’t took my head out of that game in a really healthy way. Suddenly, it wasn’t about sitting down and writing a song but having an idea while walking through New York City and thinking ‘Where’s my phone?’”
She recorded her title track, “Emotion,” after one such moment of inspiration. “The night I recorded it, I had to do a show, and afterwards the director asked me why Cinderella sounded like Janis Joplin!” she says.
Instead of rushing through the process of making an album, Carly took her time and handpicked the people she wanted to work with. “I gave myself time to experiment and make some left turns,” she says. “I think it’s hard for artists when they’re known for one type of music -- you go through this rebellion stage and think ‘But I’m so much more!’ And I definitely felt that. So I wrote about 200 songs just for me and my own heart.”
Emotion, which contains 17 of those songs, will be released August 21.
Mark HunterLittle Mix will be bringing their “Black Magic” to the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. The British girl group will make their U.S. television debut with a performance on the Fox awards show Sunday, August 16.
The group -- consisting of Zayn Malik’s fiancée Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall -- will sing their new single, “Black Magic.” The girls are also known for co-writing the Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea song “Pretty Girls.”
Another girl group, Fifth Harmony, will be presenting the Candie’s Choice Style Icon Award at the ceremony, a prize given to the most stylish and fashionable girl of 2015. The ladies of Fifth Harmony were recently announced as the new faces of Candie’s back-to-school fashion line.
Capitol RecordsTori Kelly'sUnbreakable Smile just got a little wider today: her debut album of the same name has debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart.
Tori's previous entry on that chart was the EP Forward, which reached #16 in 2013. Unbreakable Smile has already produced the hits "Nobody Love" and "Should Have Been Us." Rock band Breaking Benjamin beat her out for the top spot with their new album Dark Before Dawn.
Over on the BillboardHot 100, "See You Again," by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, is #1 for an 11th week, and is currently dominating the race for the Song of the Summer. If it lasts another week on top, it'll the record for the rap song that's spent the longest at #1. The record of 12 weeks is currently held by the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" and "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.
Selena Gomez blasts into the Hot 100 at #9 with her new single "Good for You." It's her third top-10 hit, following "The Heart Wants What It Wants" and "Come & Get It." This is only the second song of the year to debut in the top 10 -- the last one was Maroon 5's "Sugar" back in January. It's also the first song by a woman to debut in the top 10 since her pal Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off" in September of 2014.
Rihanna has become the first artist to have than 100 million in sales of gold and platinum-certificated digital singles under her belt.
The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that the singer has the most Digital Single Awards and is the only artists to reach having 100 million cumulative certified singles. The RIAA awards gold certification for 500,000 in sales and platinum certification for 1 million in sales.
"Gold & Platinum is the industry’s premier way to celebrate achievement in the marketplace," said RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman in a statement. "We’ve given awards to artists for nearly 60 years, but it’s rare that we have the opportunity to recognize a milestone like the one Rihanna has reached. Congratulations to Rihanna! She has not only surpassed RIAA’s one-hundred million mark, but also is the first artist to do so. It’s an historic feat and a testament to an extraordinary career."
The hit songs that helped her achieve this career milestone include her nine-times-platinum "We Found Love", her six-times-platinum "Stay" and even her two recent platinum singles, "FourFiveSeconds" with Kanye West and "B***h Better Have My Money."
We're sure there's even more hits on the way as Rihanna continues to work on her long-awaited album, tentatively titled R8, which is due out this year.
Alex KirzhnerIt seems Flo Rida and Natalie La Rose have both decided to drop out of the Miss USA Pageant. The rapper and the singer were supposed to perform their hit single “Somebody” at the July 12 ceremony, but reportedly cancelled their appearances amid controversy over Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.
A rep for Natalie confirms her departure to Billboard, and TMZ reports that Flo Rida has followed suit. Both artists have yet to comment on the Donald Trump controversy.
Donald owns the Miss Universe Organization in a joint venture with NBCUniversal, but yesterday NBC announced that it’s ending its business relationship with him. Donald made the inflammatory remarks during a speech announcing his presidential candidacy on June 16.
The pageant is still set to go forward, but it won't air in Spanish on Univision or in English on NBC. Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts were scheduled to co-host, but they’ve also withdrawn from the event.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCTaylor Swift works hard and, apparently, plays hard. According to The Irish Sun, the singer and her Scottish DJ boyfriend Calvin Harris partied into the wee hours of the morning after her Dublin gig Monday night.
Following the first of two shows at 3Arena, the couple reportedly attended a secret after-party with Taylor’s dancers and touring crew at the Guinness Storehouse. Staff at the venue apparently didn’t even know the stars were in attendance and weren’t informed about the party until hours after it ended.
Taylor and Calvin then went back to the InterContinental Hotel, where they were staying, and continued the festivities until around 5 a.m.
Calvin’s been spending time with Taylor throughout her recent tour dates in the U.K. Over the weekend, they went for a sail on the River Thames in London with pals Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas.
Cliff Lipson/CBSAdele may be keeping a low profile these days, but she apparently has some very high-profile friends. The singer was spotted having dinner with soccer star David Beckham and his wife, Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham, at the Beaumont Hotel in London Monday night, according to the U.K.’s The Mirror.
The group reportedly was also joined by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana.
It’s not known if the meet-up was for business or pleasure, but Adele and the Beckhams are technically neighbors. In 2013, Adele reportedly purchased an $8 million home near the Beckhams' $49 million estate. The trio also counts Elton John as a mutual friend.
We’re still patiently waiting for Adele’s new album, which, if reports are to be believed, is being readied for a September release date.
RCA RecordsIf you want to perform on stage with Kelly Clarkson during her upcoming Piece by Piece tour, now’s your chance. As Kelly first announced last month, she’s giving a select number of lucky fans the opportunity to sing a song with her at one of her concert dates starting next month.
To enter the "Open Mic Night" contest, you must submit a video of yourself singing your favorite cover song, and it doesn’t have to be a Kelly song. Post the video to one of your social media channels and use the hashtag #KCOpenMic.
Kelly will review the submissions and then select one winner per concert date based on originality, vocal ability, interpretation of the song and creativity. If chosen, the winner will get to perform a cover song with Kelly, accompanied by her backing band.
The Piece by Piece North American tour starts July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Bonnie McKee MusicBonnie McKee has been Katy Perry’s songwriting partner on hits including “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream” and “Roar.” Now, she’s released an EP of her own material.
Bombastic has four songs: the title track, “I Want It All,” “Wasted Youth” and “Easy.” It's her first collection of solo music since her 2004 album, Trouble.
“This is what my art looks like when you remove the filter of a corporate overlord record label,” Bonnie says in a statement. “It's about freedom to be yourself without caring what other people think, it's about the thrill of the fight, being fearless and empowered, and not apologizing for it!”
She says she wrote the song “Bombastic” when she was feeling down, to remind herself that she’s powerful.
In addition to her Grammy-nominated work with Katy, Bonnie has penned tunes for Britney Spears, Kesha, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Carly Rae Jepsen and Adam Lambert.
Safehouse Records/Hollywood RecordsAs promised, and just in time for the July 4 weekend, Demi Lovato's released her new song, "Cool for the Summer." It's being billed as the debut single from her forthcoming, as-yet untitled album.
The sexy dance track has Demi singing in the chorus, "Take me down into your paradise/Don't be scared 'cause I'm your body type/Just something that we wanna try/'Cause you and I/We're cool for the summer."
Demi debuted the artwork for the single in a tweet last week. It features her lounging on a beach chair in a sexy cutout bathing suit, blue furry jacket and strappy stiletto heels. That's when she also revealed the single would be out today.
"Cool for the Summer," and the album that features it, will be Demi's first release on Safehouse Records, the label she recently formed with her former Camp Rock co-star Nick Jonas and music exec Phil McIntyre, in partnership with Island Records. Demi's signed to Hollywood Records but will be able to release music on Safehouse thanks to a further creative partnership between the labels.
“This time around, I’m free to explore. I can try anything, I can push my boundaries,” Demi says in a statement. “It’s been so exciting to get back in the studio and hone in on my sound. This album is going to surprise some people and I can’t wait for my fans to take this journey with me.”
Demi's hitting the road today to do the promotional rounds to push "Cool for the Summer," including surprising fans at pool parties around the country, where she may even perform the song.
Still no word on when Demi's new album's coming out, or what it'll be titled.
Interscope RecordsRumors that Zedd and Selena Gomez -- who collaborated on the hit "I Want You To Know" -- were an item were confirmed this week by Selena herself, who told a New Zealand radio station that she "definitely had a thing" with the DJ/producer. But Zedd isn't too happy about the fact that he's been forced into the spotlight by who he chose to date.
In the past, Zedd has said that he wants people all over the world to know his music, but not him, but now it's his personal life that's getting all the attention. "I guess I failed on doing that," he tells ABC Radio about his goal of remaining anonymous. "But I still think there's enough to talk about in the music world."
What Zedd, born Anton Zaslavski, means by that is that he's got plenty to say about his new album True Colors -- which features "I Want You to Know" and his new single, "Beautiful Now" -- but people keep focusing on his connection to Selena.
"I think I still want everyone to know my music before knowing me, which is part of the reason why I’m trying to speak about the music because there’s so much to talk about, rather than speaking about my personal life," he tells ABC Radio. "Because when you spend two years in a studio working on something, then people ask you about something that happened in a couple of minutes, you feel like it’s not fair."
Since she and Zedd parted -- for unknown reasons -- Selena has been linked to a variety of other men, but there's no word on Zedd's romantic life, and he probably likes it that way. He'll kick off a major headlining tour in September in support of True Colors.
Emblem/AtlanticRob Thomas has collaborated with legendary musicians like Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson, but when it comes to his solo projects, he hasn't really gone outside his immediate circle -- until now. He says working with outside people for his upcoming album The Great Unknown kept him from writing "a whole bunch of depressing songs."
"I’ve done that with other people for their records but I’ve never really had a chance to do that on my record," he says of working with new people for The Great Unknown. "So it was one of the first things I did. I worked with just a handful of people that I really respect and I like what they were doing and I felt comfortable in a room with."
Among those people were Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic -- who co-wrote the first single,"Trust You" -- plus two of the producers and songwriters who work with American Authors, and an artist and producer named Ricky Reed, aka Wallpaper, who's worked with Jessie J and Jason Derulo.
Rob says that because his band Matchbox Twenty has become more collaborative in recent years, he was more open to the idea of working with others when it came time to make his first solo album in six years. "You realize how much fun it is to walk into a room and not be responsible for everything and have people to play off of and have people to give you inspiration and take you in a direction you might not have gone," he tells ABC Radio.
With all those different people in the mix, Rob says The Great Unknown is more eclectic than it might have been, but also more upbeat.
"I think it gave me a difference on this record, just to the idea of from [track] one to 12, there’s just a lot of different feels on the record so it doesn’t all feel like it kind of just came from one spot, like me alone in a room," he tells ABC Radio. "‘Cause when I do that, I wind up making more of a downer record, ‘cause I’ll write when I’m depressed. And then I write a whole bunch of depressing songs and that’s what winds up on a record."
The Great Unknown is out August 21; Rob will perform on NBC's Today show on the 24th.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIggyAzalea insists that her supposed feud with Britney Spears is nothing more than a media creation.
Much has been made of Iggy's online comment regarding their duet "Pretty Girls," and how the two pop artists allegedly threw shade at one another. But on Tuesday Iggy said she is "really saddened" that the media is "trying to create a 'beef'" between her and Britney.
She tweeted, "We remain friends and i haven't said anything negative at all about her. Does wishing we had promoted a single more make me the bad guy?"
"i feel like the media wants women in music to get out and mud wrestle each other," the Australian rapper continued. "As a woman i take great offense. Women in the media should be able to have a grown up and subjective opinion without it being anything more than that. its disappointing. No one is throwing 'shade' or 'shots' on either side of the table. The girl is my friend and i support her 100%."
Iggy concluded, "i feel like the press just wants to see girls be overtly sexual to one another, and have no real opinion other than 'i love it!' Im over it. Women in music are not the same as a teen drama. Stop making us all out to be, we are business women & artists. Not mean girls."
Last weekend, Iggy responded to a fan to explain why “Pretty Girls” wasn’t a hit. "Its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc," she wrote. "unfortunately I'm just featured....”
The comment was perceived by some as a dis directed at Britney. For her part, Brit tweeted, "Can’t wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe," in what may or may not have been a reference to Iggy cancelling her tour.
Atlantic RecordsFor Charlie Puth, rappers and soundtracks seem to be a winning combination. “See You Again,” his collaboration with Wiz Khalifa from the Furious 7 soundtrack, was a hit. Now, he’s teaming up with another rapper for the soundtrack to a new documentary.
Charlie and Lil Wayne have released their song “Nothing but Trouble,” which is the first single from the companion album for the documentary 808. The song talks about falling for a girl who was only interested in social media fame.
“These Instagram models, they’re nothing but trouble,” Charlie sings in the chorus.
The film, out later this year, chronicles the story of the Roland TR-808 drum machine and how it influenced the music world. It includes commentary and contributions from musicians like Pharrell Williams, Diplo and David Guetta.
RCA RecordsIt seems Justin Timberlake is getting back to his roots. The Tennessee native just bought four million dollars worth of property in the Nashville area, according to The Tennessean.
The singer’s Los Angeles-based certified public accountant reportedly shelled out the dough for around 126 acres in Williamson County's Leiper's Fork community. The land sits along Old Highway 96 and previously belonged to Aubrey Preston, a philanthropist and preservationist. Justin’s plans for the property are not yet known.
Back in 2013, Justin told The Tennessean that he has friends in Williamson County and that he spends more time in Nashville than people realize. His mother and stepfather live in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood.
ABC/Randy HolmesSorry Diplo, but Selena Gomez “definitely had a thing” with Zedd.
Earlier this month, the DJ-producer accused Selena and Zedd -- birth name Anton Zaslavski -- of faking a relationship in order to drum up publicity for their single, “I Want You to Know.” But in a new interview with a New Zealand radio show, Selena confirms the relationship was real.
“He said that was a joke, because I talked to him, he said it was a joke,” Selena says of Diplo's comments. “Because genuinely, first off it’s very interesting that Diplo would think he knew about my personal life, but he doesn’t.”
She goes on to say, “I adore Anton [Zedd] a lot and I definitely had a thing with him, which was nice.”
Since she used past tense to refer to their relationship, we can only assume their romance -- however real it was -- was short-lived.
Big Sean may have endured the demise of two highly publicized relationships, but he says each split taught him important lessons.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the rapper spoke briefly on how he views his failed relationships, referring to his engagement to actress Naya Rivera as well as his whirlwind romance with pop singer Ariana Grande.
"It's no mistakes in life, though -- only lessons," he says.
The rapper also revealed that he doesn't necessarily begin the dating process with a relationship goal in mind. "They just happen," Sean said. "That's all it is. I'm just... I'm just living it. It's no, it's no God, it's no script. You know, we just out here doing what we doin'. Feelin' it out."
Ben WattsRob Thomas has finally set a release date for his new solo album: The Great Unknown will be in stores August 21. Rob will promote the release with a performance on NBC's Today show on August 24.
The set is now available for pre-order at iTunes, and those who do so will receive an instant download of the first single, "Trust You," co-written by Ryan Tedder. The video for the track has just premiered; it was directed by Phil Harder, who did Rob's previous clips for "Ever the Same" and "Lonely No More," as well as the Matchbox Twenty videos for "Mad Season" and "Disease."
In the retro sixties-flavored video, a sunglasses-wearing Rob sings the song while a dancing woman is reflected in his shades. He also sings while surrounded by '60s-styled go-go dancers, retro graphics and images of hands with crossed fingers. That's what you do behind your back when you tell someone to trust you, but you don't mean it. There's also a trippy psychedelic visual of Rob's head surrounded by more dancing girls.
Rob's currently on the road promoting The Great Unknown through August. Plain White T's are opening for him.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCOnce again, Taylor Swift is using the power of Tumblr to connect with her fans. The singer wrote some encouraging words to a Swiftie named Emily, who is suffering from a congenital heart defect.
The girl initially posted a message to Taylor on the blogging site, where she thanked the singer for helping inspire her during tough times. "Taylor, you’ve made each and every long hospital visit, echo, EKG, IV, etc. easier, and I am so so incredibly grateful for that," she wrote. "You allowed me to be accepting towards the condition that I have, and I’m so unbelievably thankful for that."
Taylor responded with some kind words of her own, writing, "I think it’s amazing that you’re so honest about how it’s affected you. It’s impossible to be positive all the time about something that completely terrifies and confuses you, and I’m glad you’re not putting that kind of weird pressure on yourself. Thanks for listening to my music to escape from your fears and to confront them -- I really appreciate you writing this."
She concluded, "Sending you the biggest hug from my hotel room, where I've just raided the snack bar and eaten everything in the style of a raccoon rummaging through a trash can."
After receiving Taylor’s message, Emily requested a real hug from the pop star. "You told me that you were ‘sending me a hug' so let's make this picture and that hug real!” she wrote. “I can't wait to see you on July 24th and 25th."