ABC/Randy HolmesMariah Carey is getting more of a footing in the television world.
The best-selling singer and songwriter has reconnected with the Hallmark Channel, inking a three-picture deal that will entail her developing, executive producing, directing and co-starring in original movies and contributing original new music for each.
According to Deadline, the first movie in the two-year deal is slated to premiere at the beginning of 2017.
The “Vision of Love” chanteuse's first venture with Hallmark yielded the movie A Christmas Melody last December, which drew 3.9 million viewers. Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas musical event was the most-watched holiday special for the network, which sponsored a string of Carey’s sold-out holiday concerts in New York City.
Carey ‘s upcoming docuseries, Mariah’s World -- following her international tour -- is expected to debut in the fall on the E! network.
Drake was nominated in eleven categories at last night’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, and even though he was in Sin City, he decided to work on his golf swing instead of attending the show at the T-Mobile Arena.
Drizzy won Top Rap Artist, but according to TMZ, he wasn’t present to accept his trophy because he was hitting golf balls on The Strip a few blocks away at the MGM Grand Hotel. He joined friends at the four-level TopGolf sports and entertainment complex which features 108 hitting bays, five bars, two pools and VIP cabanas.
While he was almost shut out at the Billboard Awards, Drake continues to dominate the charts. Views remains number one on the Billboard 200 album chart for the third straight week, and “One Dance’ returns to the top of the Hot 100 replacing Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCAfter receiving criticism for her tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards last night, Madonna is hitting back on Instagram.
"Deal with It!" she writes in one post, in apparent reference to the backlash. She adds in a second post, "Anyone who wants to do a tribute to Prince is welcome to. Whatever your age Gender or skin Color. If you loved him and he inspired you then show it!!!! I love Prince 4 ever."
Prior to Madonna’s performance, a petition was launched on Change.org demanding that other artists be added to the tribute. Then, almost immediately after the Billboard tribute, BET tweeted a promo clip for its own tribute on the upcoming BET Awards and threw some shade Madonna’s way.
“Yeah, we saw that. Don’t worry. We Got You," the promo declared.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber is not a fan of awards shows. In a lengthy Instagram post following his appearance at the Billboard Music Awards last night, Justin writes that he doesn’t “feel good” at ceremonies like that.
“I don’t know about these awards shows,” he writes. “No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it … But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after.”
Justin performed his songs “Company” and “Sorry” at the show.
“I try to think of it as a celebration but can’t help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance,” he continues. “A lot of people in the audience there seem to be worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I’m doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow.”
Justin concludes, “I am privileged and honored to be recognized by my peers but in these settings I can't feel the recognition. There's an authenticity missing that I crave! And I wonder does anybody else..”
ABC/Fred LeeWay before Taylor Swift even filmed her first Apple ad, she knew it would go viral. Apple Music head of content Larry Jackson tells Billboard the singer even came up with the idea for the first ad herself -- which featured Drake and Future’s “Jumpman” and some slapstick from Taylor.
"She sent me a bulletin board of ideas that and one of them was her falling and tripping on a treadmill, and the parenthetical sentence that came afterword was, 'This is gonna go viral,'" Jackson says. "And she was right."
The spot has racked up more than 17 million YouTube views since it was released April 1. She’s released two more ads -- one featuring her getting ready for a night out to Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” and another with her dancing around her living room to The Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” All of the songs featured in her ads have received major sales bumps.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013Prince, who was found unresponsive in an elevator inside his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota in April, may have been dead for hours before his body was discovered, a source confirmed to ABC News.
Minneapolis' Star Tribune first reported that the late singer was likely "dead for at least six hours." A paramedic who responded to the scene told law enforcement, Prince's staff, and others that detail, adds the newspaper.
The music legend's cause of death has not yet been announced, though an autopsy was performed April 22 and results of toxicology tests are expected in the coming weeks.
According to the Midwest Medical Examiner's office, Prince's body was returned to the family after the autopsy was completed.
Still, less than a week after the singer's death, authorities obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate. The sealed paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs had been found in Prince’s possession and at his home.
Sources also told ABC News that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether a doctor was prescribing him drugs in the weeks beforehand.
Prince's sister Tyka Nelson said in a Facebook post that the family will hold an official memorial in August.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards was all about The Weeknd, who grabbed eight trophies, including Top Hot 100 Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Song for "The Hills," and Top R&B Album for Beauty Behind the Madness. Adele took home five awards, including Top Female Artist, Top 200 Album for 25, and the big one, Top Artist.
The Weeknd dedicated his Top 100 Artist award to Prince, who died suddenly last month. In The Weeknd's acceptance speech, he noted that the legendary artist was an inspiration to him, helping him "push the envelope."
Adele, who is currently on tour and couldn't make it to the telecast, accepted her award via pre-taped messages. "It's lovely to be in everyone's company," Adele said in her video acceptance speech for Top Artist, adding, "I'm about to go on stage!"
The show also featured the premiere of the video for Adele's new single "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)." The psychedelic clip for the third release from her album 25 shows the singer draped in a flowing, floral gown set against a black background with multiple Adeles appearing in kaleidoscopic form.
Britney Spears, opened the show, taking the stage in a pink top hat and jacket, before stripping down to a more revealing outfit and performing a medley of hits that included "Work B****," "Womanizer," "Breathe on Me," "Slave 4 U," "Toxic" and a chorus of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'N Roll" for good measure.
Kesha, whose appearance on the show was up in the air at one point due to her ongoing lawsuit with her producer, Dr. Luke, ended up paying tribute to Bob Dylan, backed by Ben Folds on piano. They performed the Dylan classic "It Ain't Me Babe."
Pink gave a breathtaking performance, soaring high in the air suspended by ropes and surrounded by flames as she belted out "Just Like Fire," from the upcoming film Alice through the Looking Glass.
Céline Dion, who was the recipient of this year's Icon Award, delivered a powerful performance of Queen's "The Show Must Go On," backed by violinist Lindsey Stirling. Afterwards, her son, Rene-Charles Angelil surprised her by walking on stage to make the presentation. After thanking her fans and crew, she made a special dedication -- in French -- to her late husband Rene Angelil, who lost his long battle with throat cancer in January Choking back tears, Dion closed her speech by declaring, "The show must go on."
The Go-Go's, who made history during the 1980s as the first and only all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts, reunited on stage and performed their hit, "We Got the Beat." The band is launching a farewell tour this summer after 38 years together.
The highlight of the evening was Madonna and Stevie Wonder teaming up for a touching tribute to Prince. After Madonna performed Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," made famous by Sinead O'Connor, Wonder joined her for a duet on Prince's classic "Purple Rain." The musical tributes were introduced by The Roots' drummer Questlove, who noted the music legend affected all of us, "no matter what kind of music we make, no matter how long we made it, no matter our race, our color or our creed or sexual orientation," adding that Prince's departure from the land of music "was an earthquake."
The night's lineup also included the following performances:
Shawn Mendes, "Stitches" Fifth Harmony featuring Dolla $ign, “Work from Home” Meghan Trainor, "No" Justin Bieber, "Company" and "Sorry" Nick Jonas and Tove Lo, "Close" Demi Lovato, "Cool for the Summer" DNCE, "Cake by the Ocean" Lucas Graham, "7 Years." Ariana Grande, "Dangerous and "Into You" Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart"
The three-hour show, broadcast live on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was hosted by Ludacris and Ciara.
Here are the 2016 Billboard Music Award winners:
TOP ARTIST Adele
Top New Artist: Fetty Wap
Top Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Female Artist: Adele
Top Duo/Group: One Direction
Top Billboard 200 Artist: Adele
Top Hot 100 Artist: The Weeknd
Top Song Sales Artist: The Weeknd
Top Radio Songs Artist: The Weeknd
Top Streaming Songs Artist: The Weeknd
Top Social Media Artist: Justin Bieber
Top Touring Artist: Taylor Swift
Top R&B Artist: The Weeknd
Top Rap Artist: Drake
Top Country Artist: Luke Bryan
Top Rock Artist: twenty one pilots
Top Latin Artist: Romeo Santos
Top Dance/Electronic Artist: David Guetta
Top Christian Artist: Hillsong UNITED
Top Gospel Artist: Kirk Franklin
Top Billboard 200 Album: Adele, 25
Top Soundtrack: Pitch Perfect 2
Top R&B Album The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
Top Rap Album: Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More than Money
Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Top Rock Album: twenty one pilots, Blurryface
Top Latin Album: Juan Gabriel, Los Dúo
Top Dance/Electronic Album: Zedd, True Colors
Top Christian Album: Lauren Daigle, How Can It Be
Top Gospel Album: *Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion
Top Hot 100 Song: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Top Selling Song: Adele, “Hello”
Top Radio Song: WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance”
Top Streaming Song (Audio): The Weeknd, “The Hills”
Top Streaming Song (Video): Silentó, “Watch Me”
Top R&B Song: The Weeknd, “The Hills”
Top Rap Song: Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Top Country Song: Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
Top Rock Song: WALK THE MOON, “Shut Up And Dance”
Top Latin Song: Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, “El Perdón
Top Dance/Electronic Song: Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MØ “Lean On”
Top Christian Song: Hillsong UNITED “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
Top Gospel Song: Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”
Fan Voted Billboard Chart Achievement Award: Rihanna
Dick Clark ProductionsWill The Weeknd win big? Will Adele’s new video make us cry? Who’ll have the most memorable performance? All these questions and more will be answered tonight when the Billboard Music Awards airs on ABC.
The Weeknd is the night’s lead nominee, with a whopping 19 nods in 16 categories. Justin Bieber follows with 12 nominations in 11 categories, while Drake and Fetty Wap are finalists 11 times in 10 categories. Taylor Swift and Adele are both up for eight awards.
Adele will also be premiering her new video for “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)” during the broadcast. Performers include Meghan Trainor, Rihanna, Kesha, Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Pink, Celine Dion, DNCE, Fifth Harmony, The Go-Go’s, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Troye Sivan, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo. Madonna will also be performing a tribute to Prince.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Ludacris and Ciara, will air live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Before the show, the T-Mobile Magenta Carpet Live at the BBMAs will take place, with co-host Rachel Platten. You can watch a live stream of the carpet at BillboardMusicAwards.com, Billboard.com and on Facebook.com/T-Mobile beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Trae Patton/CBSMeghan Trainor, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have all contributed signed memorabilia to the Grammys' latest online charity auction. The lot also includes autographed items by Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons and The Weeknd.
Maroon 5 and Katy both signed guitars, while Ed and Sam signed vinyl copies of their albums. Meghan put her signature on a framed Grammy program, Imagine Dragons autographed a copy of their Billboard magazine cover and The Weeknd signed a microphone.
The auction, which will be open through June 3, is being held in honor of the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, which this year recognizes R&B legend Smokey Robinson.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCA car accident that put him in the hospital is definitely not what Calvin Harris came for. The superstar deejay and main squeeze of Taylor Swift was injured Friday night in L.A. and was forced to cancel a couple of gigs.
In a statement provided to ABC News on Saturday, Calvin's rep said, "Adam [Wiles, Harris' birth name] was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck in a serious collision last night in Los Angeles. He was examined by doctors and sustained a number of injuries. He has since been checked out of hospital and is now recovering."
"We wish all the other passengers involved in the incident a fast recovery," the statement added. "As a result he was not able to perform in Las Vegas at his Omnia residency and will be unable to perform tonight [Saturday] at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Updates to follow."
The LAPD told ABC News that the accident happened around 11pm Friday night when a young driver crossed the center line and crashed into an SUV in which Calvin was a passenger. One young girl was ejected from the vehicle that hit Calvin's, and suffered a broken pelvis.
Calvin's current single is "This Is What You Came For," his latest collaboration with Rihanna.
ABC RadioJason Derulo officially met his wax doppelganger this week. The singer unveiled his wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood Thursday and took photos next to his lookalike. Jason also gave a special performance for his fans on the rooftop of the museum.
“This place is a staple in Hollywood,” Jason said. “When you’re walking or driving down Hollywood Boulevard, this is one of the places you have to come. It’s literally a legendary place, so to be a part of that family is such a blessing.”
His wax likeness is posed in one of his signature dance moves. It wears black Golden Denim jeans which Jason personally donated and red Nike Air Force One sneakers. The statue is valued at more than $350,000.
Image Group LA/ABCYour first taste of new Fergie music is here. The singer teased a new song on Instagram Friday with a frenetic black-and-white video clip.
“To stay it’s complicated, understatement of the year/Well maybe conflict made it the new flavor in your ear/They know that I’m a problem, that’s why everybody’s scared,” she sings on the hip-hop-influenced track.
No word yet on when her new album will drop, but her husband Josh Duhamel previously hinted to People that “it’s so good” and “people are going to be amazed.”
Disney•PixarThings are going swimmingly for Sia. The singer-songwriter will be performing the end-credit song for Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory. She’s recorded a version of the classic Nat King Cole ballad, “Unforgettable.”
Sia performed the song for the first time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today. Ellen, of course, voices the forgetful blue fish, Dory.
“Dory's story makes me teary,” Sia says. “When Ellen asked me, I couldn't refuse!”
Finding Dory director Andrew Stanton was also a fan of the Aussie singer. “In the same way Robbie Williams did his own unique twist on a classic song for Finding Nemo, Sia captures the soulful truth of the Nat King Cole classic ‘Unforgettable,’ and makes it all her own,” he says in a statement. “They are a perfect complement to one another, just like the two films.”
Finding Dory, the sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo, comes out June 17. That same day, the soundtrack will be released.
RCA/Paola KudackiAlicia Keys throws a block party in her new “In Common” video which she premiered Friday.
Alicia says in a statement, "This video is about celebrating our individuality, and how in the brilliance of our uniqueness, the magic of it all is at the core, we are all the same.” She continues, “We want the same things. We all want to experience love, the freedom to be our truest selves, to love whomever we want and to be accepted and celebrated for all of our nuances and so called imperfections that make us, us."
Directed by Pierre Debusschere, the black-and-white clip features Keys singing on a fire escape as she’s joined by children and adults dancing along a police barrier.
“In Common” is the first single from Keys' sixth studio album which is expected to be released this summer. She will perform the song May 28 at the UEFA European Champions League soccer championship game in Milan, Italy.
Sasha SamsonovaThe ladies of Fifth Harmony have a new tour in the works. The girl group will be hitting the road in support of their upcoming album, 7/27, this summer.
The tour will launch, fittingly, on July 27, in Manchester, New Hampshire. They’ll zigzag around the country before wrapping September 17 in Las Vegas.
A tour club pre-sale will begin Monday, May 23 at noon local time, while Citi card members will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, May 27 -- the same day Fifth Harmony’s album is released.
Here is a list of tour dates:
7/27 -- Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena 7/28 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 7/29 -- Fairfax, VA, EagleBank Arena 7/30 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 8/2 -- Brooklyn, NY, The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk 8/3 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 8/5 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion 8/6 -- Providence, RI, Dunkin Donuts Center 8/7 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 8/9 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 8/11 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 8/13 -- Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre 8/14 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center 8/16 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 8/18 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach 8/19 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater 8/21 -- Nashville, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel 8/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre 8/25 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre 8/26 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre 8/31 -- Chicago, IL, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island 9/1 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre 9/2 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 9/4 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion 9/5 -- Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion pres. by Huntsman 9/6 -- Midland, TX, Midland County Horseshoe Pavilion 9/8 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion 9/9 -- Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre 9/10 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion 9/13 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater 9/14 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater 9/16 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU 9/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Photo credit: Paolo ReversiLeBron James is going to have a lot of explaining to do when he gets home. Rihanna just sent him a flirty message on Instagram.
The Bajan singer posted a suggestive photo of herself in a bikini while rockin’ some Dior shades with “23” written in what appears to be sunblock her stomach. To add fuel to the fire, Bad Gal Ri Ri captioned the photo, “mood” and tagged Lebron.
Maybe Rihanna was only congratulating James -- whose jersey number of course is 23 -- and his Cleveland Cavaliers for the team's win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference NBA Finals Thursday night.
At last check, James had not yet responded to the post.
Crush MusicTrain has released yet another song from their forthcoming Led Zeppelin cover album, Train Does Led Zeppelin II. This time, the band gives us a preview of their rendition of the ballad “Thank You.”
Last Friday, Train debuted their version of “The Lemon Song.” They’ve also released “What Is and What Should Never Be” from the album, which will raise money for their favorite charity, San Francisco's Family House. Other well-known tunes on Led Zeppelin II include "Ramble On," "Whole Lotta Love," and "Heartbreaker.”
The cover album will be released June 3, after which Train will launch a brief club tour during which they'll perform the album in its entirety.
Credit: Venturelli/WireImageKaty Perry was on hand Thursday night for one of the Cannes Film Festival’s most prominent events: the annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala.
The singer made her entrance in a ruby-red Marchesa gown, before changing into a gold fringed number to perform a set of some of her hit songs. According to Variety, she sang “Roar,” followed by slowed-down renditions of “Teenage Dream” and “I Kissed a Girl.” She closed out her performance with “Firework.”
And yes, her boyfriend Orlando Bloom was in attendance.
The event also included a live auction to raise money for AIDS research. Among the top items for bid were a week-long stay at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Palm Springs house, and a day with Kevin Spacey. The evening culminated in a fashion show of more than 30 dresses, which were auctioned for charity as well.
Image Group LA/ABCThe season finale of The Voice will be a star-studded event. Ariana Grande, Sia and Zayn are all set to perform on the show, which wraps its 10th season Tuesday.
Ariana, who released her new album Dangerous Woman today, will be performing “Into You.” Sia will sing “Cheap Thrills,” and Zayn will take the stage with “Like I Would,” the newest single off his debut solo album, Mind of Mine.
The finale of The Voice airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Credit: Don Arnold/WireImageMaroon 5 has joined the growing list of performers who have cancelled their shows in North Carolina over the state’s controversial HB2 legislation, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill.”
The band announced on their website Friday that they will be nixing planned shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, which were to take place on September 11 and September 12.
"We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation,” the band’s statement reads. “This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don't want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right AS WE FEEL EVERYONE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY."
The law mandates that people must use public bathrooms that match the sex listed on their birth certificate. Critics believe it discriminates against transgender people.
Last month, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas also cancelled their tour dates in North Carolina.