James Minchin"Hey There," aspiring music video directors: the Plain White T's want to hear from you.
The "Hey There Delilah" band is teaming with Project Greenlight Digital Studios for a contest called "Now Recording," which invites directors to create a video for the T's next single, "Land of the Living," due later this summer. You can hear the song now on the Project Greenlight website.
If you want in, send a minute-long pitch explaining your idea. Five finalists will be selected, and each will get two thousand bucks to do a short concept video. The winner gets $25,000 to make the actual video.
The contest starts on Tuesday, but you should subscribe to the email list at ProjectGreenlight.com now to be eligible.
In a statement, T's frontman Tom Higgenson says, "The band and I are so thrilled to both inspire, and be inspired, by the amazing group of up and coming filmmakers in the Project Greenlight community!"
He adds, "Making music videos is one of my favorite things we get to do as a band, and this is definitely the most exciting and unique approach we have ever taken!”
Plain White T's latest album, American Nights, came out last year.
Scott Kirkland/FoxHey, remember back in 2012, Phillip Phillips' American Idol coronation song "Home" became a big hit when it was used as the theme song for the U.S. women's gymnastics team? Well, get ready for some deja vu.
Billboard reports that "Battles," the coronation song from season 15 runner-up La'Porsha Renae will be serving the same purpose this year in Rio. “I wasn’t even the winner of the show, so I felt very honored to be afforded this opportunity," La'Porsha tells Billboard.
The song will appear on La'Porsha's debut album, which is due this November on Motown. It ended up in the Olympics because American Idol producer Megan Michaels drew her father's attention to it. He's the producer for women's gymnastics for NBC. According to Billboard, the song will be televised at least a dozen times over the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.
"Battles" was written by Who Is Fancy, the pen name of songwriter and artist Jake Hagood, who wrote it after the tragic death of Simone Battles, a former X Factor contestant and member of the group G.R.L. She took her own life in 2014.
La'Porsha tells Billboard that Fancy wrote the song "from a very sad and deep place," adding, "When people use their hurt and make a triumph in their song, that helps other people."
She adds, "There was a girl who messaged me and said she was on the verge of taking her life, then 'Battles' came on just in the nick of time. That's the impact the song has on people, and it ministers to me as well. I love 'Battles,' and I love what it's doing for people.”
ABC/Rick RowellBaby Luna got quite the exclusive tour visit during her vacation with parents John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
The three-month-old daughter of the celebrity couple is currently spending her first vacation in Italy with Legend and Teigen, who brought Luna to the Lake Como, Italy house where the singer's "All of Me" music video was shot and their love affair began. The singer and model married in the Lombardy region in 2013.
On Thursday, Legend posted an adorable picture on Instagram of Luna smiling, with the caption "Someone is enjoying her first vacation." To make the special vacation even more memorable, the wedded couple recreated a scene from the music video, which Teigen also posted on Instagram, set to the chorus of "All of Me."
Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvillePink is going from "Just Like Fire" to "Setting the World on Fire." That's the name of her duet with country superstar Kenny Chesney, and it'll arrive July 28 at 5 p.m. ET.
Kenny says in a statement, "You can’t conjure a song that captures that feeling of being on the brink [of falling in love] like this does." He adds, "I like the idea of Pink with her voice that is so strong and contains so many colors... she really makes that idea of giving into your heart, shouting out the window and whirling around in the middle of an abandoned street feel real.”
The duet appears on Kenny's upcoming album Cosmic Hallelujah, which is due this fall. Pink is just Kenny's latest duet partner: he's also teamed up with Uncle Kracker, singer/songwriter Grace Potter, Dave Matthews and others.
Courtesy of Global EntertainmentNathan Sykes has released the follow-up to "Over and Over Again," his hit duet with his ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande.
It's called "Give It Up," and it features rapper G-Eazy, the same guy who's featured on Britney Spears' new hit "Make Me." G-Eazy also had a hit with "Me Myself and I," featuring Bebe Rexha.
Nathan's new single is now available for download and streaming. It's from his debut album, which will arrive this fall. The former Wanted member will support his new music as the opening act on Alessia Cara's upcoming tour, which kicks off September 29 in Silver Springs, Maryland.
Meanwhile, another young British vocalist has returned: Cher Lloyd, who we last heard on Demi Lovato's single "Really Don't Care." The "Want U Back" singer has a new single called "Activated," now available via all the usual digital outlets.
In a statement, the former X Factor U.K. finalist says, "I’ve waited two years to have creative control of my own career and finally do things my way. Returning with new music and releasing 'Activated' is such a huge deal for me. I’ve been working hard on new music and I cannot wait to reveal more to you all!"
She adds, "Now I’m ready to roll my sleeves up and show you all what I’m really made of, and to all of you who have stood by me since the start of my career, I promise you, this is just the beginning.”
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCeline Dion is putting out a French language album next month, but she'll soon start work on a new English album -- and she expects all the big-name stars to step up and give her some great songs.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the project, she says, "I can’t really talk about the other writers yet because nothing has been confirmed, but trust me, I hope that Sia and Ne-Yo and Bruno Mars and all the people that we love -- oh my gosh, I hope they write for me. Are you kidding me?"
Sia and Ne-Yo both wrote songs for Celine's most recent album, Loved Me Back to Life. In fact, Celine imitated Sia on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night.
Celine adds that she's "freaking out about" the song that Pink wrote for her. "She’s a genuine person and [it was] so generous of her to take the time to write a song for me during the most difficult time of mine," she explains. "People have a tendency to send me really sad songs, and we do want to sing the touching songs, but life is beautiful."
And hey, maybe Zendaya wants to contribute to Celine's album, too. She tells People magazine that she's thrilled that Celine admired her red-carpet style so much that the Canadian superstar hired her stylist, Law Roach, to engineer her own high-fashion makeover.
"First of all, just to know that she knows my name is crazy. Also, she slays my life," Zendaya gushes about Celine. "[Law and I] both were freaking out and we were both just like, ‘This is nuts.’ She is goals. So for her to recognize me from fashion because of what he did and what we’ve done together, it was a very surreal awesome moment for both of us.”
Getty Images via ABCGet ready to witness Rihanna in outer space! The seductive R&B singer's next big film role -- in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets -- reportedly will drop jaws, and one lucky audience caught a glimpse of Rih Rih's opening scene in the flick at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
The name of her character is currently unknown, but what is certain is that Rih performs a sexy dance number for the main character, Valerian, in a brothel, while sporting a "Sally Bowles look," reports Vulture.
Dane DeHaan, who plays Valerian, says he worked on the scene with Rihanna for two weeks and that her part is "so crazy," adding, "You guys don't even know."
Unfortunately, you will have to wait until next summer to see Rihanna's insane turn in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets -- the movie will make its debut in theaters July 2017. It stars DeHaan and Cara Delevigne as interstellar agents negotiating with good aliens and destroying evil ones.
Capitol Music GroupYou've probably already seen the inspirational Olympic-themed video set to Katy Perry's new anthem "Rise," but it turns out there's a proper music video for the tune as well...and based on the trailer, it looks pretty dramatic.
In the 30-second clip, we see a figure trudging across the top of a vast, jagged top of a cliff, dragging a pink parachute behind them. It's hard to tell if it's a man or a woman. Next, we're underwater with the pink parachute, and Katy herself bursts out of it, and the water, gasping for breath.
No word yet on when the full video will premiere, but Katy tweeted, "Soon." The song is now available for download. In a statement, Katy says, "I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together."
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIs Jennifer Lopez planning a star-studded birthday bash this weekend?
J-Lo turns 47 on Sunday, and the New York Post reports that her manager Benny Medina and her boyfriend Casper Smart are arranging a huge bash at the Nobu Village suite at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. The paper reports that the invitees will include Joe Jonas, Chris Evans, Yankees star Carlos Beltran, Tommy Hilfiger and rapper Ja Rule, who teamed with J-Lo on the hit "I'm Real."
The Nobu Villa is 10,000 square feet of luxury, with three bedrooms, a sky deck, barbecue pit and Zen garden. It rents for 35-grand a night, but they may not need to shell out that much. The Post points out that J-Lo's over-the-top birthday parties usually have a sponsor attached, and she ends up getting paid just for showing up.
Zak Kaczmarek/Getty ImagesMadonna, Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Taylor Swift are among the top-grossing world tours of the first half of 2016, according to Billboard.
Based on box office figures from November 10, 2015, through June 6, 2016, rock legend Bruce Springsteen's most recent tour ranks #1 on the list, with receipts of more than $135 million. Madonna's Rebel Heart tour came in second with $124 million dollars gross.
Beyonce's Formation tour came in third, raking in just under $97 million bucks, while Coldplay's Head Full of Dreams tour, which saw them play stadiums in the U.S. for the first time, was forth, with receipts of $68 million.
The biggest surprise, though, may be Justin Bieber's Purpose tour. Billboard notes that heading into the tour, the Bieb was "anything but a sure thing," but the tour turned out to be a smash hit, with nearly $57 million dollars gross. That's thanks to the fact that Justin's scored a string of hits off Purpose, and he's now attracting male fans as well as females.
Taylor Swift's 1989 tour brought up the rear, coming in at #9 and making just over $33 million.
Autumn de WildeJudging by her new single "Goldmine," Colbie Caillat is in a romantic mood.
The singer, who got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Justin Young in May of 2015, released the breezy track late Thursday. The lyrics equate love with material wealth, as Colbie sings, "Feels like/we're sittin' on top of a goldmine/flame so bright that it won't die/In a billion years I'll still be here/'Cause our love is a goldmine."
"Goldmine" is the first single from Colbie's album The Malibu Sessions, which is due October 7. She'll launch an acoustic tour in October with support from Justin, as well as High Dive Heart, a duo comprised of her longtime writing partner Jason Reeves and his wife, Nelly Joy.
ABCAndra Day, Alessia Cara and country group Little Big Town joined '90s superstars Boyz II Men, En Vogue, Seal, Bonnie Raitt and Montell Jordan to explore the years 1990-1995 on Thursday night’s episode of ABC’s musical tribute show Greatest Hits.
Day teamed up with legendary blues singer and “bad chick” Bonnie Raitt for a duet of Bonnie’s 1994 hit, “Love Sneakin’ Up on You.” Next, the pair, who first met at this year’s Grammy Awards back in February, joined forces for a powerful version of Andra’s “Rise Up.”
“Here” singer Alessia Cara put her stamp on U2’s “One,” a 1991 hit the 19-year-old – who wasn’t even born when the song was released -- considers timeless for its message of conflict in love.
The evening also included En Vogue performing “Free Your Mind,” Seal reprising his classic “Kiss from A Rose,” Montell Jordan delivering his R&B smash “This Is How We Do It” and Boyz II Men singing their 1991 hit, “Motownphilly.”
Thursday’s show also saw Little Big Town put their spin on the Oasis hit “Wonderwall,”with the band giving the 1995 song a southern twist.
Greatest Hits returns next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Randy HolmesRita Ora has been tapped to host the revived version of America's Next Top Model.
She spoke about her new role on the VH1 competition with USA Today, which broke the news.
“The approach I wanted to have as a host and judge to the girls is what my career stands for at this moment in time, which is being a businesswoman and being able to do multiple things at the same time, whether it’s music or shooting (magazine covers) and being in movies and designing clothes,” Ora says.
Ora steps in for Tyra Banks, who remains as executive producer. The singer has reality TV experience -- she was a judge on the U.K.'s versions of The Voice and The X Factor.
America's Next Top Model moves to VH1 this fall after 22 seasons on UPN and the CW, which cancelled the show last December. The new judges, according to USA Today, are model Ashley Graham; Drew Elliott, the chief creative officer of Paper magazine; and stylist Law Roach.
In the same USA Today interview, Ora, who split from Jay Z's Roc Nation and signed with Atlantic Records this year, mentions that she's working on a new album.
Marion Curtis/StarPixJessie J's been offered a lot of acting opportunities, but she's making her film acting debut in the new animated movie Ice Age: Collision Course, in theaters today. Jessie provides the voice for Brooke, a female sloth, and says the experience couldn't have been better.
"Voice stuff and animation is one of my dreams," she tells ABC Radio. "So I felt like I could really focus on making it great. And I love Ice Age. I was so happy when I was asked. It didn’t feel like working when I did it. It was just really fun."
In the movie, Jessie's character Brooke is the love interest of Sid the Sloth, John Leguizamo's character. "I’ve seen all of them. My niece and nephews are so happy that I’ve done this one," she tells ABC Radio of the Ice Age films. "And to be a sloth, too? Sid’s my favorite character! So to be Brooke has just been a dream."
Jessie describes Brooke as "very calm, all about healing and love," and "totally hippie." She adds, "I had so much fun creating her."
When Jessie got to meet the rest of the Ice Age cast, she laughs, "I felt like the new girl at school...It was nice how welcoming everyone was."
"I wanted to make sure I did the film justice and the character justice," she adds. "So it was nice that I had their seal of approval."
Jessie says she wants to continuing acting, but first, she's got new music to create.
"I can’t do a film and make an album," she explains. "I know that I wouldn’t give it my best. So at the moment, I kind of have an open schedule and I’m about to start writing again."
Albert L. Ortega/Getty ImagesHe's starring in the animated movie Trolls, but Justin Timberlake is also the executive producer of the film's soundtrack. The first single, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" is a massive hit, and according to the director, that's because Justin specifically announced his intention to write one.
"It was his idea to make his song a hit song," Trolls co-director Mike Mitchell tells ABC Radio about "Can't Stop the Feeling!" "We didn't ask for that. That was just something [he offered]. He was like, 'And you know what? I'll make it a hit! How's that?' And we're like, 'Great! Thank you!'"
But the soundtrack is much more than "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Speaking at San Diego's Comic-Con on Thursday, co-director Walt Dohrn tells ABC Radio, "We have four original songs written by Justin Timberlake," in addition to tracks from Ariana Grande and Gwen Stefani.
Dohrn adds, "But we have classic songs as well, from the sixties and nineties, like, from all over the place, all different kind of of genres of music, but Justin really kind of weaved it all together into this cohesive whole."
"I never thought I'd ever have an opportunity to....[rework] Simon and Garfunkel and Earth, Wind and Fire and...Gorillaz," Justin told fans at the Trolls panel at Comic-Con Thursday. "It's been a lot of fun."
But Justin says he was surprised at the effect that crafting an upbeat song like "Can't Stop the Feeling!" had on him.
"I’ve never written a song like that under these type of circumstances," he told the panel. "But when I started to write the song, I was like, 'This actually makes me feel really good.' And I think, to kinda go along with the theme of the movie, it’s nice to be a part of something that you can put out in the world and it just makes people happy."
Trolls arrives in theaters in November. The soundtrack's due in September.
ABC/Matt BrownLiam Payne is the latest One Direction member to strike out on his own. The singer has signed a solo record deal with Capitol Records U.K.
He announced the news on Twitter, writing, “Happy to have signed to Capitol. They have an amazing history of artists, I hope I can follow in their footsteps.”
Liam adds, “One Direction will always be my home and family but I'm very excited to see what this chapter brings.”
No word on what his solo deal will actually mean for the future of the band. Last year, Zayn Malik left the group to pursue a solo career and last month, it was reported that Harry Styles had signed a solo deal with Columbia Records.
Photographed by Austin Hargrave exclusively for Billboard MagazineNick Jonas and Demi Lovato aren't just tour mates; they're best buds who are always there for each other. Case in point: Demi's the one with whom Nick shares all his romantic drama.
"I'm in a bizarre time in my life where I'm single, but that has been tricky," Nick tells Billboard for the publication's newest cover story. "And she likes drama, so I'm able to talk about my dating s*** without feeling bad."
"I'm like, 'Soooo, what's the gossip? Who is it? Tell me everything!'" Demi laughs.
When Billboard asks Nick what he means by "tricky," Demi clarifies: "He's a guy in his 20s and he's famous and he likes to have a lot of fun. Listen, even when he was in a relationship, I was like, 'Get out of that. You could f*** anybody that you want right now, so have fun and do that.'"
But Nick adds, "The tricky thing is, from what I've heard, I'm a bit emotionally unavailable" -- which we could've figured out by listening to his hit "Close," but whatever.
Demi admits to Billboard that when Nick and his ex Olivia Culpo split, she told him, "Honestly, I didn't like her anyway."
"It's not because she's mean or anything, but he has such a great sense of humor," she explains. "And I want him to be with someone that makes him laugh."
OK, so what about Demi's love life? She recently split with Wilmer Valderrama after years together.
"It's not on my mind, but I welcome anything. I'll have fun," she says of romance. "But a relationship ... I won't want that for a long time."
ABC/Fred LeeHow do you know when you’ve really made it? When you get your own Snapchat filter, of course. Today, Siareceived that honor.
If you go on the Snapchat app, you can now see how you’d look with the singer’s signature black-and-white face-covering wig. It also gives you red lipstick. As you try out the new look, her latest hit, “Cheap Thrills,” plays in the background.
Use it while you can, though. Snapchat rotates its filters every day, so this one might be gone by tomorrow.
Sia’s performing live from New York's Central Park tomorrow as part of ABC's Good Morning America's summer concert series.