Shane McCauley/Courtesy RCA RecordsElleKing just got engaged to her boyfriend, but her song that documents her complicated love life -- "Ex's and Oh's" -- has earned her two Grammy nods, including Best Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. That song, which is also a platinum top 10 hit, only took about an hour to complete because, as Elle's co-writer explains, "She was just telling her story."
Elle co-wrote "Ex's and Oh's" with Dave Bassett, who's written songs for Daughtry, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Shinedown and Rachel Platten. He tells ABC Radio that they came up with the song the very first day they met. In fact, he already had the title ready to go.
"I started playing a grinding riff, and we started getting some melodies and then we'd stop and start and she'd be telling me about her trip to L.A. and this guy and that guy," Bassett tells ABC Radio. "And I had this title sitting around called 'Ex’s & Oh's' and I never really knew what it would mean, or what it meant. But it really hit us like, that’s really what this is: 'This is about all your exes, and how they keep coming back, and this crazy love life that you have.'"
"Ex's & Oh's" was released September 2014, but it didn't become a top ten hit until late last year. While Elle and Bassett believed in the song, they had no expectation that it would become a hit, let alone a Grammy nominee.
"She was just telling her story," Bassett explains. "She was just relaying all these different anecdotes of this guy here and that guy there and we just made it rhyme, and it worked, and an hour later we had that song, and it was really fun." He adds, "We knew we had something great but it wasn't until a year, year and a half afterwards that it's all validated."
When they did hear that "Ex's & Oh's" earned two nominations, Bassett remembers exchanging a few emails with Elle that contained "all kinds of expletives."
"We're like, 'Can you believe that?'" Bassett tells ABC Radio. "You know, we got together for a few hours that day and just had a great time and left and the song we're proud of...but had no idea that we would ever, ever be talking about a Grammy."
In the Best Rock Song category, Elle and Bassett are competing against acts like James Bay and Florence the Machine. But Bassett thinks they've got a shot at bringing a trophy home.
"I think our chances are good," Bassett says. "There's amazing competition in all the categories and I'm such a fan of all the other records nominated that I don’t mean to be cliché, but it is -- it's an honor to be in such great company. And, hey, if we win, we win and otherwise, I think we've already won. I mean, just to be nominated and recognized for something that we just have fun doing is such a reward."
Bassett's only regret is that the other massive hit he co-wrote this year -- "Fight Song," by Rachel Platten -- didn't also get nominated for a Grammy.
"The way that song has reached people is something that I’ve never witnessed before in anything I’ve worked on," he tells ABC Radio. "Forget the awards, forget the money, forget the charts. To see all these people responding and taking the message to heart and then finding strength in it was something that was so powerful for me, and I know for Rachel.
"I haven’t cried that much since I was a baby just watching all these videos come in of people [using the song as an anthem]," he adds. "And what a reward that is!"
Tune in to the Grammys on February 15 on CBS to see if Elle's a winner.
Chris Weeks/Getty Images for LACOSTEIt looks like Joe Jonas is still very single.
The DNCE singer, 26, and America's Top Model season 14 contestant Jessica Serfaty, 24, are apparently no longer an item, according to a source quoted by People magazine. "They're not even talking anymore," the spy explained. "That was made into a bigger deal than it was."
The two were spotted making out last month in Mammoth Lakes, California, although an insider told the magazine at the time that the pair was "dating" though reportedly explained the relationship was "nothing serious yet."
Jessica had also spent the holidays with Nick in Las Vegas after meeting through a mutual friend, added the source.
Jonas previously dated model Gigi Hadid for six months, before breaking up in November. He's also been linked to Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato.
Serfaty, who shares a son with ex-husband Ididia Serfaty, was recently spotted leaving a Hollywood hot spot with Justin Bieber.
Image Group LA/ABCWhat do Sam Smith, Ricky Martin and Adam Lambert have in common? Well, aside from the fact that they're gay singers, they're all currently unattached, which is why they've landed on Out magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Eligible Bachelors.
After the heartbreaking relationship that inspired his Grammy-winning album In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith has dated some guys, but nobody special. Ricky Martin broke up with his longtime boyfriend in January of 2014; Adam split with his boyfriend in April of 2013 -- both men haven't had any major relationships -- that we know about -- since then.
Others on Out's list of "the hottest, most likable, talented, and just downright dateable gay men" include Clay Aiken, Apple CEO Tim Cook, skater Johnny Weir, designer Marc Jacobs, football player Michael Sam, Project Runway'sTim Gunn, actor Wilson Cruz and Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn.
Readers are invited to vote for their favorite bachelors, and the magazine will reveal the winners later this month.
ABC/Craig SjodinAfter Empire actress Taraji P. Henson mistook Coldplay for Maroon 5 during the Super Bowl halftime performance last night, Adam Levine and Co. took to Twitter to respond to the gaffe.
“Thanks for loving our performance from our seats at #SB50,” the band jokingly tweeted at Taraji. “We think we sounded pretty good!”
Taraji wrote back with a series of laughing emojis.
During the halftime show, Taraji initially tweeted, “YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!! #maroon5 is life to me!!! #superbowl50 #HappyCamper I am.”
When she realized it was Coldplay on stage -- not Maroon 5 -- she deleted the tweet and posted, “Oooooooopppps. Lmao!”
Taraji later blamed her confusion on the drinks in her luxury suite. “I don’t know if you know how it goes down in the suites,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “They put a lot of drinks in there -- Kool-Aid, lemonade, iced tea. I mixed it all and I sat there and I'm sitting with people who drank the Kool-Aid as well."
Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Weinstein CompanyFrom dinner dates to kids’ birthday parties, it seems Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have been spending a lot of time together lately. According to E! News, the two attended a birthday party with Orlando’s five-year-old son, Flynn, Saturday.
"[Katy] looked very comfortable with Flynn and they were both smiling and happy," the insider tells E! News.
The party was reportedly for Robert Downey’s Jr.’s son, Exton, who turned four. Others guests included Robert’s Iron Man co-star Gwyneth Paltrow and Iron Man director Jon Favreau. The outdoor bash included an obstacle course for the kids.
"Katy didn't know as many people as Orlando so she was a little more quiet and shy,” the source says. “Flynn was having a great time and didn't want to leave the party. They stayed for several hours before they all headed back to Orlando's."
Last week, Katy and Orlando were spotted enjoying a group dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles. They were first seen getting flirty at a Golden Globes after-party last month.
Image Group LA/ABC Meghan Trainor’s Skechers ads are coming soon, but first we get a sneak peek of her retro-style photoshoot for the sneaker campaign.
“I’m so excited, ‘cause I look bomb,” Meghan says in the behind-the-scenes video. “I don’t have to wear heels all day. I got really comfy Skechers and they actually look really dope.”
In one photo series, the singer poses next to a blue Cadillac in a leopard print outfit and gold Skechers. And in another, she holds a disco ball while modeling maroon-colored Skechers in a bowling alley setting.
Meghan was announced as the brand’s new spokesperson last summer. She’ll be representing the brand’s new collection, called Skechers Originals.
ABC/Randy Holmes Miley Cyrus is the proud owner of some new Malibu digs, according to the Los Angeles Times. The singer reportedly dropped just over $2.5 million for the two-story contemporary property.
The home has four bedrooms -- including a master suite with a private balcony overlooking the sprawling grounds -- and three bathrooms. The property also includes a bridged driveway, a trellis-topped patio and a gazebo with a spa.
This is Miley’s second home in the area. She picked up a ranch with a vineyard in Hidden Hills last year for more than $4 million.
Niko Guardia Blossom BerkofskyIt seems Shawn Mendes is in high demand. Tickets for all 38 dates of the singer’s world tour reportedly sold out in minutes this weekend. European dates went on sale Friday, while tickets to North American shows were made available on Saturday.
Following the ticket-buying frenzy, additional dates and tickets were added in select markets. Tickets for the tour’s final show on August 21 -- in Shawn’s hometown of Toronto, Canada -- will go on sale on February 13. Fan Club and American Express pre-sales begin today.
The European leg of the tour kicks off April 16 in Cologne, Germany and wraps up May 8 in Lisbon, Portugal. The trek then heads to North American beginning July 15 in Boca Raton, Florida.
Shawn is also scheduled to make a return visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on February 16. Not long after that, he’ll be playing a sold-out show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on March 5.
RCA RecordsLooks like Zayn Malik's headed in the right direction with his solo career. The former One Direction member has snagged a #1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his first solo single, "Pillowtalk."
No artist has entered the chart at #1 with a debut single since 2013, when Bauuer did it with "Harlem Shake" -- remember that one? Zayn also is the first U.K. artist ever to debut at #1 with a first charted single, and he's only the 25th person in history overall to enter the chart at #1.
But perhaps most satisfying, Zayn has managed to do something 1D never did: top the U.S. charts. While his former band reached the top 10 a number of times, they never hit #1 on the Hot 100.
Billboard also points out that if you count The Beatles as a boy band, Zayn is the first former member of a charting boy band to hit #1 with his debut solo single since the late Beatle George Harrison did it in 1970.
Elsewhere on the chart, Drake debuts at #6 with a new single, "Summer Sixteen," which was an Apple Music exclusive. Meanwhile, he's up to #7 with "Work," his collabo with Rihanna. G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha's "Me, Myself & I" has just hit #10, while DNCE's "Cake by the Ocean" and Charlie Puth's "One Call Away" both reach new heights: #14 and #17, respectively.
Drake won't take stage for Music's Biggest Night after all. Following a Grammy commercial during the Super Bowl that mentioned Drizzy, the rapper confirms that he's not performing at this year’s Grammys.
“I am not performing at the Grammy Awards...but hey it's the thought that counts,” tweeted the rapper, who many assumed would appear alongside Rihanna for their duet "Work."
The ad also mentions other artists who have not been announced as performers including Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj, Lionel Richie, Ariana Grande and more. However, all of the aforementioned acts are said to be making make appearances, just not necessarily give performances.
Meanwhile, Adele, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Robin Thicke, Andra Day, Gary Clark Jr., Pitbull, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, are confirmed to perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15.
ABC/Phil McCarten Seems like Nick Jonas’ “unbelievable connection” with Kate Hudson is still going strong. According to New York Post’s Page Six, the two were spotted getting cozy at DirecTV’s Super Bowl event on Saturday.
They were reportedly hanging together in the party’s VIP section at San Francisco’s Pier 70. A source says they were “whispering in one another’s ear[s] the whole time” and eventually left the event together.
Last Thursday, the two were spied hitting a New York City club together. Nick and Kate have been linked since September, but neither has confirmed that they’ve hooked up. Nick did tell Complex magazine in a recent cover story: “We had an unbelievable connection as two humans who just admire things about each other, and see something in each other that’s beautiful.”
There were also rumors last week that Nick was dating Phil Collins’ daughter, actress Lily Collins.
Spike TVWhile Christina Aguilera prides herself on always singing live, she made an exception in this case. The singer is set to make a cameo appearance on Lip Sync Battle this week.
On Thursday’s episode of the Spike show, actress Hayden Panettiere mouths along to “Lady Marmalade” in Xtina’s full Moulin Rouge-inspired getup from the 2001 music video. A new preview clip shows Christina joining her on stage just in time to lip sync her own part of the song.
Last month, Beyonce made a similar surprise appearance during Channing Tatum’s lip sync rendition of "Run the World (Girls).”
ABC/Fred LeeSia will be joining James Corden in the passenger seat next week for a new edition of The Late Late Show’s “Carpool Karaoke.” The singer will appear -- likely in one of her signature face-covering wigs -- on the popular sing-along segment Monday, February 15.
Sia's“Carpool” appearance follows Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who hit the road with James last week, and Elton John, whose segment aired following Super Bowl 50 Sunday night. It’ll be hard to top Adele’s “Carpool Karaoke,” though. Her clip is currently The Late Late Show’s most popular video on YouTube with more than 66 million views.
Sia’s seventh studio album, This Is Acting, was released January 29. It debuted at number four on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
According to the IFPI, the award reflects an artist’s worldwide popularity across physical formats, downloads and streams. Adele’s album 25 sold more than 15 million copies worldwide last year since its November release. Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, the album has now sold eight million copies in the U.S. alone, becoming only the sixth album to do so since 2001.
IFPI chief executive Frances Moore calls Adele's achievements "simply phenomenal."
Coming in second place on the IFPI’s top ten list is Ed Sheeran, while Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and One Direction round out the top five. Super Bowl halftime performer Coldplay comes in at number six, followed by Maroon 5, Sam Smith, Drake and The Weeknd.
One Direction was the number one act for 2013, and Taylor took the top spot in 2014.
Everyone is still talking about Beyonce's Super Bowl 50 halftime performance on Sunday, alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars. Shortly after delivering the show, Queen Bey told Entertainment Tonight how proud she feels about her anthem, “Formation,” which she performed live for the first time at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
“It makes me proud. It’s what I wanted. I wanted people to feel proud, have love for themselves,” Bey says the Mike WiLL Made-It production.
An excited Beyonce also revealed how she felt about the performance. “It felt great,” she said backstage, adding, “The best part was seeing Coldplay, for me ’cause I was able to watch from the back and really enjoy it.”
Meanwhile, her stylist, Marni Senofonte, spilled that the singer's wardrobe was and an homage to Michael Jackson. and her dancers' wardrobe a the nod to black history, specifically the women of the Black Panther Party.
"When Michael Jackson performed at Super Bowl on January 31, 1993, he wore a jacket and harness. Beyoncé wanted to pay homage to Michael. She has always said he is her biggest music influence and Michael’s halftime performance marked a change in global interest for the halftime show." she said in an interview with Essence, adding that Beyonce also wanted to "honor the beauty of strong black women and celebrate the unity that fuels their power," with her dancers' look.
In related news, Queen Bey will continue her bring “Formation” to a stadium near you on her upcoming world tour, which kicks off April 27 in Miami.
After entering at #27, the long-awaited disc has now jumped to the top of the chart. That's the biggest leap to the top for an album since 2008, when Radiohead's In Rainbows shot to #1 from #156.
"#ANTI is the number 1 album on the Billboard #Hot200 chart!!! That damn Navy!!! Thank you for your love," Rihanna tweeted. Her most recent #1 album had been 2012's Unapologetic.
Elsewhere on the chart, Sia's new album, This Is Acting, debuts at #4. It's her second top-five album, following 2014's 1000 Forms of Fear. In at #6 is Charlie Puth's debut, Nine Track Mind. The album so far has produced three hits: "See You Again," "One Call Away" and "Marvin Gaye."
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLast week, Kelly Clarkson teased a secret new project she's working on, but didn't give any details. She's now posted a couple of additional clues about the project, which apparently involves her daughter, River Rose.
Saturday, Kelly posted #Clue2, in which she wrote "Someone special is helping me with my #NewProject." That was illustrated with a photo of a director's chair with the name "River Rose" embroidered on the back.
Then Sunday, Kelly "We couldn’t afford a @SuperBowl commercial, but here’s #Clue3." That tweet came with a 15-second video that announced, "She's coming....the DIVA has arrived." The video showed River sitting on a dressing room table wearing a bathrobe, giggling."
Kelly's initial clue was a video that asked, "What's magical, fun and an escape for everyone?"
It's still anybody's guess what Kelly's project is. Stay tuned.
It's hard to believe that Kanye West still hasn't decided on an official title for his forthcoming album, but it seems he's narrowing it down.
After declaring last week that his album was titled Waves -- after earlier announcing it'd be titled Swish -- Kanye now hints there might be a completely different name for the project, which he intends to keep under wraps. "There may be a new secret album title," he tweeted Sunday night.
Kanye has been struggling with a title for a while now. Even his wife, Kim Kardashian, recently posted a Twitter poll to see if the set should be named Swish, Waves or its initial title, So Help Me God.
West has until Wednesday, February 10 to decide on a title for his seventh studio set, which is due out February 11.
Earlier this month, Kanye described the project as "one of the greatest albums" that was being made "out of respect" for the greats. "So many musicians touch my life and made me who I am," he wrote. "I want to make something great to honor my idols…"
ABC/Randy HolmesElle King picked up her own ring over Super Bowl weekend -- the "Ex's and Oh's" singer announced Saturday that she's engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Fergie.
"Fergie asked me to marry him on a sailboat under the Golden Gate Bridge. I said yes," wrote King on her Instagram alongside a photo of the newly betrothed couple in front of the San Fransisco landmark.
King also posted a photo of herself and her new fiance on the red carpet of a Rolling Stone pre-Super Bowl party, where she later performed.
Photo by Royce DeGrie/Getty ImagesTurns out, smelling like Taylor Swift may not be all that appealing. According to Fortune, sales for Taylor’s fragrance line kinda stink.
The singer currently has four perfumes on the market: Incredible Things, Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted and Taylor by Taylor Swift. But it’s not just her sales that have dipped. Beauty company Elizabeth Arden, the manufacturer of Taylor’s line, says all of their celebrity perfume lines aren’t doing so well. The drop in celebrity fragrance sales last quarter contributed to a 3.6 percent decline in the company’s revenue. The company also reported a 17 percent drop in sales last year.
Aside from Taylor, Elizabeth Arden manufactures scents for Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
Times sure have changed: back in 2013, Taylor won the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award at the Fragrance Foundation Awards, which are considered the Oscars of the perfume industry. But don't worry about T-Swift: she'll have the income from her new clothing line and upcoming mobile game to make up for it.