ABC/Lou RoccoLorde will leave her mark on the next Hunger Games movie. She's been tapped to curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, the third film in the popular series. The Grammy-winning New Zealand teen will select the artists who will be involved in the project, and also contribute its first single.
In a statement, Lorde says that while curating the soundtrack for such an anticipated film will present a challenge, she “jumped at the chance.” She continues, "The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."
Mockingjay -- Part 1 director Francis Lawrence adds, "I sat down with Lorde on the set of Mockingjay this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film.”
The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 will be released sometime this fall. The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, LiamHemsworth, Woody Harrelson, JulianneMoore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, opens November 21.
ABC/Fred LeeLollapalooza gets under way Friday in Chicago's Grant Park, and the eclectic three-day lineup includes everyone from Lorde and Iggy Azalea, to Eminem,Foster the People and Calvin Harris, to Outkast, Kings of Leon and Zedd. While there are other festivals that are entirely devoted to one genre or another, Zedd says he much prefers to play an event like Lollapalooza, because it gives him the chance to turn people on to his genre, EDM.
"I personally prefer a variety of music at festivals," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think it's opening minds...people that are not, probably, the biggest EDM fans maybe see a show, and then they suddenly like it."
Zedd, who's performing Friday night, recalls a recent experience at a similar festival where he observed this particular scenario in action.
"The crowd before I went on was 40-plus and then...the young kids came in, but the older people stayed and watched it," he says. "And then you could tell -- with every single minute -- there were like 100 more hands up, and then at the end, you see all these...10 to 50 years old, 60 years old people, all raging together, and I think that's great!"
He adds, "I think that festivals that have all sorts of genres kind of combine [audiences together] a little more than just strictly electronic dance music festivals."
Whatever kind of festival he plays, though, the man who brought us "Clarity," "Stay the Night" and Ariana Grande's new hit "Break Free" says that he works hard to make his live performances truly entertaining, which is sometimes more challenging than expected.
"I worked really closely with my visuals and lasers and lighting team, and special effects, so we make it a real show rather than a deejay set, with someone pushing buttons on top of that to make lights happen," he says. "So I try to plan as much as humanly possible, but when you arrive at a festival, a lot of the times half of the songs you planned on playing were played before so you gotta be flexible and swap out things."
After he plays Lollapalooza, Zedd will travel to Toronto, Switzerland and Japan for more festivals before heading back to U.S. for New York City's Electric Zoo festival on August 30.
Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsAlicia Keys gifted her husband, Swizz Beatz, with the sweetest wedding anniversary gift ever: she's expecting her second child with him.
On Thursday, the R&B singer announced the news via Instagram. "Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life!" Alicia accompanied the post with a picture of herself, beaming as she cradles her baby bump in her hands, standing next to her smiling husband.
The couple, who wed July 31, 2010, already have a three-year-old son, Egypt Dean.
Chapman Baehler/RCA RecordsThe MAGIC! hit “Rude” is holding steady at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week. This is the third consecutive week in which the song has topped the chart.
Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” -- the song that “Rude” displaced at #1 earlier this month -- again ranks second, followed by Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.”
Sia achieved a personal milestone: her song “Chandelier” has risen to #9, making it her first top-10 hit as the lead artist. She’s appeared on two other top-10 hits, but as a featured artist: David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones.”
Sia, who’s refused to show her face while promoting her album 1000 Forms of Fear, tells Billboard, "Wow! I cannot believe this experiment worked.”
AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi has a lot of adoring fans all across the country, but not many of them live in Buffalo nowadays. Fans of the Buffalo Bills football franchise are fuming over the possibility the singer may buy the team and move it north of the border.
The team has been up for sale ever since owner Ralph Wilson passed away at age of 95 back in March.
Bon Jovi, a founding owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul, has reportedly been interested in owning an NFL team for a long time and is friendly with a number of NFL owners. New York magazine reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and John Mara, the owner of the rocker's beloved New York Giants, have all endorsed him for NFL ownership.
In June, Bon Jovi was reportedly seen having lunch with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Manhattan.
According to New York magazine, Bon Jovi is unable to meet the team's likely selling price of $1 billion, so he's teamed up with a group in Toronto that also owns the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Air Canada Centre, where Bon Jovi has played 19 concerts since 2000.
Former Bills receiver Andre Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, told the magazine how he feels about Bon Jovi possibly buying the team and moving it to Canada. “Man, f**k Bon Jovi,” Reed exclaimed. “You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”
Several fans have formed a group called Bills Fan Thunder to spearhead a Bon Jovi boycott. Many Buffalo bars, restaurants and radio stations have now declared themselves “Bon Jovi–free zones.” Charles Pellien, one of the group's founders, tells New York magazine, “We had a band last weekend that was playing Bon Jovi at a bar, and people were booing and throwing our posters at them." Pellien adds, “The bar’s jukebox had 28 Bon Jovi songs, but no one played them.”
Matt Sabuda and Brian Cinelli, are co-founders of a second fan group, the Buffalo Fan Alliance. They're developing a plan to raise money that would be used as a loan to a buyer who would keep the Bills in Buffalo.
Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsIn January, Madonna made an appearance on Miley Cyrus’ MTV Unplugged special. It’s possible that their collaboration didn’t end there.
Madonna has posted onto Instagram lyrics to a song that may be titled “Rebel Heart.” She wrote, “Wash all over me................. #rebelheart.”
The most interesting aspect of the post is that Miley and a songwriter with whom the “Wrecking Ball” singer has worked, MoZella, were initially tagged on it, according to MTV. However, the tags have since been removed.
Miley may have dropped another hint regarding a potential duet by uploading a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt that features a naked Madonna. She tagged Madge on the post, too.
Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” post includes the following lines: “All of my illusions/could be shattered in a second/You can thread a needle/with a teardrop from my eye.”
Earlier this month, Madonna teased on Instagram another song that may be titled “Messiah.” She's currently focusing on the follow-up to her 2012 album MDNA.
Ben WattsJustin Bieber apparently has no plans to back down from his reported feud with Orlando Bloom. On Wednesday night, the 20-year-old singer posted than quickly deleted an Instagram photo of the actor appearing to be crying.
According to E!Online, the photo was snapped last year at the opening night of the Broadway production of Romeo & Juliet.
The photo counterpunch follows reports that Bieber and Bloom had a confrontation at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Wednesday morning, and the actor allegedly threw a punch at the singer, but missed. Bieber fled the restaurant after the confrontation and took a jab at Bloom via social media by posting and quickly deleting a photo of the actor's lingerie model ex-wife, Miranda Kerr, in a bikini.
The apparent bad blood between Bieber and Bloom reportedly began when the singer cozied up to Kerr at her Victoria's Secret show in 2012, and Bloom reportedly got close to Justin's on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in April, while she and Biebs were on one of their many breaks.
ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry says she has a strong appreciation for other cultures, and that’s what she tries to convey in her performances. Despite the criticism that has come from that, she tells Rolling Stone that she’s “very sensitive to people.”
Last fall, Katy was accused of being racist after dressing like a geisha for her rendition of “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards. She’s also drawn attention for having dancing “mummies” with padded rear ends on stage during her Prism tour.
In her interview with Rolling Stone, Katy says the involvement of mummies is inspired by “plastic surgery.” She continues, "Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T's wife, Coco. Those girls aren't African-American. But it's actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that's why there's bandages and it's mummies.”
She adds, “If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn't be there, because I'm very sensitive to people."
Katy sarcastically says, "I guess I'll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that's it. I know that's a quote that's gonna come to f*** me in the a**, but can't you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don't know."
While Katy is grateful she has so many fans who continue to show her their support, she says she’s not “thirsty or desperate” for anyone’s approval. She says, “Some people are so dramatic about it, and you're like, 'Honestly, you're not the Second Coming. You're just an entertainer!'”
Elsewhere in the interview, Katy mentions that she hopes to have a child, though not in the immediate future. She reveals, "I want to be doing that in the right time. And that's not in the next two years, you know? Maybe it's in a five-year plan, but I need to really be able to focus 100 percent of my attention on it. I don't really want to take the child on tour. Not until, like, birth through five is over."
Katy notes that she doesn’t necessarily need a man in her life to become a mother: “I'm not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn't present himself."
Rolling Stone’s cover story on Katy is featured in the issue hitting newsstands on Friday. For those of you keeping score at home, this is the third time that Katy has appeared on the cover of the magazine.
Charles Sykes/BravoNick Jonas shows off a more mature sound and look in the video for his new song, “Chains.”
The clip, which premiered Wednesday morning on MTV’s networks, has Nick giving off a bit of a Justin Timberlake-type vibe as he battles SWAT teams and sings, “You got me in chains/You got me in chains for your love/But I wouldn’t change/I wouldn’t change this love.” It features Dylan Penn, the daughter of Sean Penn and Penn’s ex, Robin Wright.
“Chains” will be featured on Nick’s currently-untitled solo album, which is due out later this year. He tells E! Online that a duet he recorded with Demi Lovato will also appear on the disc, saying, "It's a great song that we both love. Her voice is just amazing on it. She's the real deal. It's the perfect fit for this record."
Despite all his music-making, Nick hasn’t put his acting career on the back burner. He’ll star in a new drama for DirecTV, titled Kingdom. He’ll play an MMA fighter in the show, which premieres October 8.
222 Records/ Interscope RecordsMaroon 5’s latest song sounds like it could be an ode to Adam Levine’s new wife, Behati Prinsloo.
“It Was Always You,” the second single off the band’s new album V, tells the story of a man who comes to realize that the love of his life has been staring him in the face the entire time. Adam sings of a woman with “hazel eyes,” and states in the chorus, “It was always you/Can't believe I couldn't see it all this time/All this time/It was always you.”
You can purchase the dance-pop track -- the follow-up to the current Maroon 5 hit “Maps” -- now from various online retailers. V will be released September 2.
ABC/Lou RoccoLorde is part of the opening-day lineup of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this weekend. If you can’t make it to Grant Park to check out her performance, you can still watch it online.
Lorde’s set will stream on Lollapalooza.Redbull.tv and via the Red Bull TV app Friday at 7 p.m. Central time. At 8:30 p.m., you’ll be able to tune in to a performance by Zedd.
On Sunday at 3:15 p.m., you can see fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff’s side project, Bleachers.
Eminem and Rihanna are gearing up for their joint, three-city Monster Tour, which will visit Slim Shady's hometown of Detroit, among other places. Following Rih's tweet last week about loving her tour band, Eminem has shared a photo of himself and Rih Rih during rehearsals.
In the Instagram picture, a stone-faced Eminem poses next to the singer who is sitting next to a keyboard -- both are wearing causal outfits and fitted caps.
The duo are scheduled to begin their short outing at Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl on August 7 and wrap up at Detroit's Comerica Park on August 23. Tickets are still available for select dates. Visit Eminem.com for all the information.
Image Courtesy Ash Newell/13 ManagementTaylor Swift isn’t a nominee for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, but she’s reportedly been tapped to perform at the show.
E! Online is reporting that Taylor is planning something “explosive” for the VMAs, though it’s unclear what that entails. However, its source states that Taylor will not be collaborating with another artist.
Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Usher were named to the performance lineup earlier this month.
The ceremony will be held August 24 in Los Angeles. Beyonce has the most nominations of any artist, with eight.
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC5 Seconds of Summer is currently touring North America with One Direction, but next summer they plan to launch their own headlining trek.
The Australian band has announced the Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour, which will see them visit 30 cities across the United States and Canada. The tour will begin July 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, and will conclude about two months later in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Tickets will go on sale to the public August 9 on LiveNation.com, but Citi card members will have access to a pre-sale beginning August 5.
The announcement of 5 Seconds of Summer’s 2015 tour comes amid news that their self-titled debut album has topped the Billboard 200 album chart. It sold 259,000 copies for the week ending Sunday. Billboardnotes that it’s the third-biggest debut so far in 2014, and the most successful debut for a group since 2006, when Daughtry moved 304 thousand copies of their self-titled disc.
Here are the announced tour dates for 5 Seconds of Summer’s 2015 tour. Additional shows will be announced in the near future:
7/17/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Event Center 7/18/15 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre 7/20/15 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 7/22/15 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 7/24/15 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena 7/25/15 -- Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena 7/27/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place 7/29/15 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre 7/31/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 8/1/15 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 8/4/15 -- Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center 8/5/15 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood 8/7/15 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion 8/8/15 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 8/19/15 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 8/21/15 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 8/22/15 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Pavilion 8/23/15 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion 8/25/15 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 8/28/15 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 8/29/15 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Pavilion Stadium 8/30/15 -- Holmdel, NJ , PNC Bank Arts Center 9/1/15 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 9/4/15 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center 9/5/15 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre 9/6/15 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 9/7/15 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 9/9/15 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 9/12/15 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre 9/13/15 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
Courtesy: Republic RecordsColbie Caillat's song "Try" -- especially its video, where she and other women go makeup-free -- is getting a lot of attention for its powerful message about women not bowing to pressure to look or act a certain way. But Colbie initially wrote the song after a major dispute with her record label about the direction of her music.
"I recorded an album, I was so proud of it. It had a kind of style...free-spirited, acoustic, happy -- more like my old stuff," she tells ABC News Radio. "And they wanted that changed, and they wanted it to be more pop. And what comes with pop is what all those pop artists do: the girls dress very sexy and revealing, and the videos are over-the-top. And they were requesting that of me."
As you might expect, this didn't sit well with Colbie: she loved the music she'd created, and was furious that she was told it wasn't good enough.
"I was just so mad, because I made this beautiful album that I wrote with amazing people, and I was so proud of it," she recalls. "And to have it just be, like, washed away and wanting someone completely different -- that's not the artist that they signed, you know. So, it was hard for me."
That's why there's been such a long delay between her last record and her upcoming one, Gypsy Heart. "I then had to go back in [to the studio] and be even mentally prepared to start writing again. I was not up for it," she admits.
However, the whole unpleasant experience has a silver lining. Colbie now says that she's happy with the new batch of songs that she came up with, some of which you can hear on her new teaser EP, Gypsy Heart -- Side A.
"I will say, I am very glad that this happened, because I love the songs that came from it, and I love that I wrote 'Try' because of it," she tells ABC News Radio. "And even the up-tempo pop songs I did record that made the record, I absolutely love them. So I will thank my label for inspiring that."
There's no release date yet for the full Gypsy Heart album, but Colbie will kick off a headlining tour August 27 in Denver, CO.
Republic RecordsIt leaked online a day early and the reviews so far are mixed, but that clearly hasn’t affected early sales of “Bang Bang.” The much-anticipated collabo between Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, has debuted at #1 on the iTunes singles chart.
The single wasn’t scheduled to be released until Tuesday, but the label offered it up late Monday following the leak.
As previously reported, "Bang Bang" -- co-produced by legendary hitmaker Max Martin -- will be a track on the deluxe version of Ariana's forthcoming album, My Everything, due August 25, and the first single from Jessie's upcoming album, due this fall.
Peter Kramer/NBCGavin DeGraw has made a musical contribution to the upcoming film Dolphin Tale 2, and you can listen to it now on YouTube.
“You Got Me” was written for the movie by Diane Warren, the accomplished Grammy-winning songwriter who’s penned tunes for Celine Dion, Beyonce and many other artists. During the inspiring chorus, Gavin sings, “Rest your head on my heart/And your pain on my shoulders/Make your way to my arms/’Cause you got me.”
“You Got Me” is available for purchase on iTunes and other digital outlets. Dolphin Tale 2, starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr., opens September 12.
Credit: Kharen HillEveryone knows Sarah McLachlan's iconic song "Angel," if not from her extensive catalog of classic hits, then from those really touching SPCA commercials in which the singer lends her voice to stop animal cruelty.
In a question-and-answer session on The Huffington Post, McLachlan revealed that the song is not written about or inspired by an animal, but by another musician.
Jonathan Melvoin was the keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins before his death after a heroin overdose in 1996.
"I wrote ‘Angel’ after being on the road for almost two years straight and was both mentally and physically drained," McLachlan wrote. "I went to a cottage north of Montreal to relax and write and read an article in Rolling Stone about the Smashing Pumpkins keyboard player who had OD'ed in a hotel room."
She continued, "The story shook me because though I have never done hard drugs like that, I felt a flood of empathy for him and that feeling of being lost and lonely and desperately searching for some kind of release."
RCA RecordsHilary Duff is caught daydreaming in the video for her comeback single, “Chasing the Sun.”
In the clip, Duff is an office worker who’d rather be at the beach. She has fantasies about having fun outdoors -- and she embarrasses herself in front of her colleagues as a result.
“Chasing the Sun,” which was co-written by Colbie Caillat, is available for purchase now on iTunes. It’s the first single off Hilary’s upcoming studio album, which will be released this fall. The currently-untitled project will be her first album with RCA Records, as well as her first full-length release since 2007’s Dignity.