Syco/Epic RecordsFifth Harmony is already getting us into the Halloween spirit. The ladies explore a haunted hotel in the video for “I’m in Love with a Monster,” their song from the Hotel Transylvania 2 soundtrack.
In between clips from the animated film, the girls dress up in vintage garb and slink through the halls of the creepy, old-fashioned building. As they sing about an unconventional romance, they flirt with some frightening characters along the way.
Fifth Harmony premiered the video on a Sony billboard in New York City’s Times Square Thursday, and it simultaneously debuted on Vevo.
ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore & Ryan Lewis have released the video for their new, moped-loving single, “Downtown.” The visual for the fun-loving tune has a lot going on -- from West Side Story-inspired dancing to 1970s fashions to a celebratory street parade.
The song features rap pioneers Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel. Eric Nally, of the rock band Foxy Shazam, sings the hook.
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and the song's featured artists will perform "Downtown" for the first time at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday.
Hollywood / Island / SafehouseWe’ve got even more details about Demi Lovato’s new album, Confident. The singer revealed the album title, track list and cover art Wednesday -- but now we know its exact release date: October 16.
The album, which features Demi's current single, “Cool for the Summer” and an Iggy Azalea collab called “Kingdom Come,” marks Demi’s first album release through a creative partnership between Hollywood Records, Island Records and Safehouse Records. The latter is a label she created with Nick Jonas and their manager, Phil McIntyre.
Confident also features production from pop powerhouse Max Martin and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.
To celebrate the album’s upcoming release, Demi will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s outdoor stage Monday, August 31. As we already know, the night before, she’ll have debuted the first televised performance of “Cool for the Summer” at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
Starting at midnight, you’ll be able to pre-order Confident and receive an instant download of “Cool for the Summer.” Additional instant grat tracks will be available before the album's released.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIs Ed Sheeran’s lion tattoo real or fake? We can barely keep track. Wednesday, the singer posted an Instagram photo seemingly suggesting that his controversial chest ink was just an elaborate prank. But hours later, he posted anotherphoto revealing his previous post was a lie.
So, yes, Ed really did get a massive lion tattooed on his chest.
The confusion began when Ed posted a photo displaying his tattoo-less bare chest along with the caption, “Was only joking about the lion.”
But that just didn’t seem plausible, being that Ed had passionately defended the tat against critics on Twitter and had even shouted out his tattoo artist.
Sure enough, he was just messing with us. In another photo, he showed that the ink was being covered by makeup. “Only joking, covered it up for a TV show didn't I,” he writes.
Ed’s currently filming his role in the new FX drama, The Bastard Executioner.
Johannes HeljeTove Lo's hit "Talking Body" finds her singing about someone who has "a perfect one." But what does she think of the bodies of her fellow female pop stars? She refuses to judge them.
While speaking to the Windy City Times, Tove was asked who has a better body: Taylor Swift or Katy Perry? Of course, the two women are -- allegedly -- mortal enemies, so Tove wisely replied, "Oh, I'm not going to go there."
Then when asked to compare Nicki Minaj's body to Kim Kardashian's, Tove was very diplomatic.
"These are the royalties of bodies. Any woman that is comfortable in her body is rocking her body. That is what I am all about," she says. "I think Taylor Swift is beautiful, tall, and skinny. Katy Perry is beautiful too, with her amazing curves. I love Nikki's excellent [butt] and Kim's curves. They all have different bodies, and are beautiful in their own way."
PRNewsFoto/Global CitizenNot only are Ed Sheeran and Coldplay both performing at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival this year, they’re creating the merch too. Ed and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin have designed T-shirts for the annual festival, which will be available September 3 in H&M retailers nationwide.
"I'm really excited to be a part of this exclusive line with H&M and Global Citizen to unite global citizens and get us a step closer to ending extreme poverty!" Ed says in a statement.
Ed’s T-shirt design is black with geometric shapes and red lettering, while Chris’ shirt is black with white designs. The shirts will run for $9.95 and 25-percent of sales will be donated to Global Citizen.
H&M is also inviting you to donate gently used clothes to earn points towards winning tickets to the festival. Donations at H&M locations will be open through September 17.
Admission to the Global Citizen Festival is free, although to score a ticket, you have to accumulate points by taking action to benefit the world's poor. You can then use those points to enter to win tickets. For ways to take action, visit GlobalCitizen.org.
The 2015 Global Citizen Festival will be held September 26 in New York City's Central Park. Chris Martin helped curate the festival’s lineup, which also includes Beyonce and Pearl Jam.
Christopher Polk/TAS/Getty Images for TASEven if you’re not a Friends fan, you’ve probably heard the song “Smelly Cat,” which actress Lisa Kudrow’s character, Phoebe Buffay, wrote and performed on the show. Taylor Swiftis a Friends fan, and also a well-known cat lover -- which made it perfect for Kudrow to join Taylor onstage Wednesday night to perform a duet of “Smelly Cat” during Taylor’s final show at the STAPLES center in Los Angeles.
Taylor milked the moment during the introduction, saying “This singer, she’s only performed in coffeehouses before,” a reference to the Friends hangout, Central Perk, where Phoebe performed.
As you can imagine, the crowd loved it when Kudrow came out and duetted with Taylor, especially when Lisa/Phoebe stopped Taylor in mid-song to offer “pointers” on her performance.
“So @ taylorswift13 is THE best person I've ever met,” Kudrow tweeted after the show. “That was fun. Thanks Taylor.”
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteDemiLovato fans can feel confident that a new album is coming in two months.
The singer enlisted the help of celebrity pals on Wednesday to tweet the titles of songs from her new album, which is titled Confident and is due in October. Her boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama, plus Nick Jonas, Iggy Azalea, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and others took part.
Iggy is featured on one of the tracks, “Kingdom Come."
RCA RecordsMileyCyrus dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday to plug her upcoming gig as host of MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday. She also participated in a sketch called "I Witness News," in which she was disguised as an Australian television reporter named Janet who wanted to find out what people thought of the performer.
All but one of the people "Janet" spoke to failed recognize the controversial pop star, who donned a skirt and blazer, along with a wig and eyeglasses. The gentlemen who did spot her was treated to a quick peek under her costume.
Here's a sample of some of the comments:
- When told about the upcoming VMAs telecast and that Miley was hosting, a man named Carl replied, "That's cool, I guess, if you like her." When Cyrus asked if he liked her, Carl answered, "No, she's not one of my favorites," specifically, "Her style and her dad...I just don't like her whole family."
- "I like Taylor Swift better," declared another passerby.
- "I think she lost her mind in the Hollywood madness," noted a woman.
During her interview with Kimmel, the 22-year-old "Wrecking Ball" singer said she was psyched about hosting the VMAs, noting, "I think I have little butterflies 'cause I'm excited and every day leading up to it has kind of been the best day ever."
"Usually getting ready for those kind of shows isn't as much fun," Miley continued, "but MTV has just been so awesome and they've pretty much let me do whatever I want, which is pretty crazy."
Cyrus, dressed in a skirt and matching cape covered with colored glass pieces -- and only heart-shaped pasties underneath -- also hinted at what she may, or may not. wear on the show. "I'm gonna say they make pasties for other parts also, so I can always just do that."
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards air Sunday night at 9 pm Eastern time on MTV.
RCA RecordsR. City's hit "Locked Away," featuring Adam Levine, has been racing up the chart since its release. But the catchy island-flavored tune isn't just about imagining what would happen to your relationship if you were sent to prison: it's a real-life story about the parents of Timothy and Theron Thomas, the brothers who make up R. City.
The brothers grew up on the island of St. Thomas, but for them, it was far from a paradise: they were poor, living in a rough neighborhood, and for them, the struggle was real.
"Just coming from St. Thomas, being from one of the worst places in the area, our music has always represented those struggles," Theron tells ABC Radio. "Even to talk about the song 'Locked Away,' it’s about our dad being locked away for five years, [and] my mom being with him, my parents being together for 36 years. And...she used to take us to prison to visit him."
In writing the song, the brothers were inspired by how their mom stood by their dad and supported him during his incarceration, and how they're still together today. "Just that love and that kind of strength, to us, we just felt it was dope," adds Theron. "We had a cool melody and we made it into a song."
The single features the lyrics, "If I got locked away/and we lost it all today/tell me honestly/ would you still love me the same?/If I showed you my flaws/If I couldn't be strong/Tell me honestly, would you still love me the same?"
So what does the brothers' father think of the hit song that he inspired?
"He loves it," says Timothy. "What’s crazy is when he first heard it, he didn’t know that we wrote it based on that. And then once we told him, he was like, 'Wow, it’s really cool how y’all could, like, put real-life stories, things that really happened, into a song.'"
“Locked Away” is featured on R. City's debut album, What Dreams Are Made Of, which will be released October 9. If you pre-order the album, you’ll receive instant downloads of "Locked Away" and two new songs: “Checking for You” and “Take You Down.”
Ben WattsJust days after he releases his new single, "What Do You Mean," Justin Bieber will perform the song at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Justin's performance at Sunday's extravaganza will be his first at the VMAs since 2010, when he did a medley of “Baby,” “Somebody to Love” and “U Smile."
"What Do You Mean" will debut on Friday.
The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tori Kelly, A$AP Rocky and Twenty One Pilots have also been announced as performers for the 2015 MTV VMAs, which will be hosted by Miley Cyrus. It will air Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.
ABC/Fred LeeSince he announced he was running for president, Donald Trump has made public comments that have been deemed insulting to Latinos. Following Trump's public argument with Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos on Tuesday at an Iowa press event -- which led to Trump having Ramos ejected from the room -- Ricky Martin has written an op-ed for Univision taking the billionaire to task for his behavior.
According to an English translation of the op-ed published by Billboard, Martin writes, "The fact that an individual like Donald Trump, a candidate for the presidency of the United States for the Republican party, has the audacity to continue to gratuitously harass the Latin community makes my blood boil. When did this character assume he could make comments that are racist, absurd, and above all incoherent and ignorant about us Latinos?"
Ricky went on to write, in part, "[The] episode against journalist Jorge Ramos, one of the most beloved and respected Latinos in world media, has gotten to the point of enough is enough...This action from Trump doesn’t surprise me, what does surprise me is that as Hispanics we continue to accept the aggressions and accusations of people like him who attack our dignity."
He continues, "We have to defeat the power that Trump pretends to have over Latinos..which his campaign team is convinced works for him. Let’s show that our Latin race is to be respected, let’s not allow a political hopeful to plant his campaign in insult and humiliation...Xenophobia as a political strategy is the lowest you can go in search of political power."
Ricky ends by noting, "This is an issue that unites us and we need to battle it together, not just for us but for the evolution of humanity and those to come.”
At press time, Trump had yet to respond to Ricky's comments.
Schoolboy Records/InterscopeCarly Rae Jepsen’s ‘80s-inspired new album, Emotion, has drawn comparisons to another album influenced by the decade: Taylor Swift’s 1989. But in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Carly says she’s not trying to compete.
“I don’t really feel the need to compare,” she says. “I think that Taylor's fantastic and I think she made a really fantastic record, but they're different types of music and I think there's room for it all.”
And Taylor’s bestie Lorde seems to agree. She recently tweeted her love for Carly’s new single, “Run Away with Me.” Carly co-wrote the song, which is about “trying to escape for the weekend with your lover.” She says it contains her favorite lyric on the album: “I’ll be your sinner in secret.”
Carly also wrote two songs with Sia, whom she describes as a “genius.” She admits she’s been a Sia fan for years.
“I was a bartender back in the day in Vancouver and she played at the media club where I was working and I actually asked my manager if I could stay late to work that night,” she says. “And fast forward three or four years later and I get to write with her in a room.”
Together they penned "Making the Most of the Night" and "Boy Problems."
Ben Watts Prepare to see a different side of Ed Sheeran. The singer tells Entertainment Weekly that his character in the new FX show The Bastard Executioner is a complete change of pace for him.
“I find that I have reputation of being a smiley approachable guy, so I wanted the opposite,” he says. “I said to [show creator] Kurt [Sutter], make sure that I’m not typecast at all. Write me as a complete d******* in it. I feel like I need that.”
Ed, who’s been filming in between stops on his world tour, is playing the "deadly protégé of a high-ranking church elder” on the 14th century drama. He warns that the guest starring role probably isn’t for his younger fanbase -- or grandmas.
“Oh, no no,” Ed says. “My grandmother, the other day -- she’s 91 and Irish and really sweet -- was like, ‘Ah, I’d love to watch it.’ And I said, ‘I don’t think you’re going to want to watch this, grams.’”
But he’s okay with shocking people. “It’s nice to step out every now and then to challenge yourself,” he says. “It doesn’t necessarily mean everyone who likes me for my music is going to like this. It means that I’m doing something different and interesting, rather than doing some rom-com, which is what I think people would expect me to do.”
While he’s stepped outside of his comfort zone for the role, there was one thing he wasn’t prepared to do: cut his signature ginger locks.
“When I walked into makeup they were like, we are going to have to cut your fringe and give you a bowl haircut, and I was like, ‘Ah that’s not happening,’” Ed says.
So they gave him a hat, instead. “This hat is a sign of faith,” he says. “With these hats, you instantly know I’m someone who is in a religious sect.”
Brian Bowen Smith/NBCChristina Aguilera’s daughter, Summer Rain, celebrated her first birthday in style over the weekend, thanks to some expert party-planning by her parents.
People magazine reports Christina and her fiancé, Matthew Rutler, hosted the carnival-themed backyard bash for their baby girl in Los Angeles Saturday, complete with Minnie Mouse, a balloon maker, a bubble station, and lots and lots of pink.
The magazine also has exclusive photos of the soiree. In one pic, Christina holds a smiling Summer in front of a tiny pink birthday cake as Matthew looks on. In another, Summer wears an adorable tutu as she holds a bunch of balloons.
Summer’s actual birthday was on August 16. On that day, Christina posted a snap of her daughter on Instagram and wrote, “Happy 1st birthday! My sweet, Summer Rain.”
Christopher Polk/NBCGetting your wisdom teeth removed isn’t so bad when you have Adam Levine to comfort you. The Maroon 5 frontman has been helping wife Behati Prinsloo as she recovers from oral surgery this week.
Following Monday’s dental work, Behati posted a video on Instagram of the two lying in bed together. Adam makes a funny face as Behati cuddles a teddy bear.
“My nurse is the perfect combination of sexy and cute,” the model captions the video. Behati later posted a picture of herself looking rather miserable, with a swollen face and her head wrapped in a scarf. “On point,” she writes of her look.
A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Image Group LANow we know why Lady Gaga dyed her pool blood-red for that American Horror Story: Hotel cast party. In a new cover story for Entertainment Weekly, we learn that Gaga’s AHS character has a unique obsession with the sticky red stuff.
Show creator Ryan Murphy reveals that Gaga’s character, The Countess, maintains her youthful glow by drinking human blood. He says she’s not a vampire, though.
“I prefer the term ‘ancient blood virus,’ ” Murphy says. “It’s really a form of hemophilia, in a way.”
The Countess -- who owns the mysterious Hotel Cortez -- is also entangled in a love triangle with the similarly blood-obsessed Donovan, played by Matt Bomer, and a male model named Tristan, played by Finn Wittrock. Angela Bassett plays Ramona Royale, an actress and former lover of The Countess seeking revenge.
But we'd think twice before messing with The Countess, especially since she wears a fashionable, yet deadly chainmail glove. “She’s extremely strong,” Gaga says. “She’s been through so much. It’s kind of impossible for anything to penetrate her.”
The singer tells the mag she’s relishing the show’s macabre storyline. “I’ve just been weeping while I’m here because I have returned to something I’ve believed in so much, which is the art of darkness,” Gaga tells the mag. “It’s not something that everyone understands, but, for the people that do -- Horror Story fans, my fans -- there is a true connection between us, and it’s a language within itself.”
American Horror Story: Hotel premieres October 7 on FX.
PRNewsFoto/PMK*BNCMariah Carey is releasing a children’s book inspired by her most popular Christmas song, People reports. The picture book, titled “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” tells the story of a little girl whose only holiday wish is to get a new puppy. It features the complete lyrics from the song and is set to hit shelves November 10.
"When I wrote 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' it was my dream for it to become a classic Christmas song," Mariah tells People in a statement. "I am so proud of the song's impact as it continues to create memories for fans each year."
She adds: "I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families with the picture book."
Christmas must be Mariah’s favorite holiday, because she's also set to direct and co-star in a holiday movie to air as part of Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas this year.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas is adding another gig to his already-packed schedule. The singer will serve as the official music curator for the 2016 Miss America Competition.
That means Nick will personally select the music that will accompany the swimsuit and evening gown portions of the ceremony. He will also give commentary throughout the evening on his music selections, including why he chose each song.
We'd say Nick probably knows a thing or two about pageants, since his ex-girlfriend, Olivia Culpo, is a former Miss USA and former Miss Universe. In fact, Nick's hit "Jealous" was inspired by one night when he was out with Olivia and he got angry that other guys kept checking her out.
The 2016 Miss America Competition, hosted by Chris Harrison, airs Sunday, September 13 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The 95th anniversary broadcast will air live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesAfter turning down the offer for the past four years, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is finally taking the plunge: he'll be part of the cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars season 21.
He tells US Weekly magazine that his buddy Joey Fatone of 'N SYNC talked him into it. Joey competed on the show in seasons four and 15. "He talks about it all the time and I was really debating if I wanted to do it, and he said, 'It's a great experience, it keeps you in shape and it'll teach you a lot of stuff,'" Nick said of Joey.
Nick says he also wanted to do the show to see if he could get further than his little brother, Aaron Carter. During season nine, he came in fifth with partner Karina Smirnoff.
"There's a lot of competitiveness in me and I think there's a little something inside of me that says, 'Okay, I'm going to go there and represent the Carter name and do even better than what he did!'" Nick tells US Weekly.
You'd think that Nick would be a ringer, considering the dance routines he's been performing with Backstreet for years, but he claims he's nothing special.
"I never considered myself a great dancer. Even though funny enough I've danced my entire life, I might have had a little insecurity on that end," he tells the magazine. "But I felt this time around I had some time and I think it'll be a cool experience. I think they can teach me some stuff...it'll be a great experience to learn how to ballroom dance."
Nick says he also hopes the show will whip him into shape. "I have a tendency to get overweight pretty damn fast so dancing has always kept me slim," he laughs.
There have been quite a few boy banders on DWTS over the years in addition to Nick and Joey; Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees and 'N SYNC's Lance Bass have also competed.
Other confirmed DWTS cast members are Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin, and triple crown jockey Victor Espinoza. The rest of the cast will be revealed September 2 on ABC's Good Morning America. Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.