Image Group LA/ABC WALK THE MOON is confirmed to appear at the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The band will perform "Shut Up and Dance" and their current single "Work This Body" before the slam dunk contest, which airs Saturday, February 13 on TNT.
The NBA All-Star Game will be played February 14 at the Air Canada Centre. Ne-Yo will be singing the national anthem, while Nelly Furtado will deliver the Canadian anthem. Sting will sing at halftime.
In other WALK THE MOON news, they also shared a teaser of their "Work This Body" video, which will be released on Friday.
This summer, the band embarks on their Work This Body tour.
Randall Slavin They may deny it, but it sure seems like Nick Jonas and Kate Hudson are dating. The two were spotted enjoying a romantic dinner together last night.
Entertainment Tonight has photos of the two leaving the Italian eatery Pace in Los Angeles. An eyewitness tells ET that Nick and Kate were seated at a corner table on the outdoor patio for four hours. They were reportedly among the last people to leave the restaurant just after midnight, and left together in a limo SUV.
The dinner outing came after the two reportedly spent Saturday night canoodling at DirecTV’s Super Bowl party in San Francisco. They were also spotted hitting a New York City club together last week.
Nick previously admitted to Complex magazine that the two had an “unbelievable connection.” He added, "Out of my best effort to respect her and her privacy, I'm not going to say if we had sex or not. But we did have a beautiful connection."
ABC/Fred LeeSia has released a new lyric video worthy of “Throwback Thursday.” The retro clip for a remixed version of her party jam “Cheap Thrills,” featuring Sean Paul, is set at a 1950s dance contest.
As wholesome couples dance harmlessly to the song, two masked dancers clad in signature Sia wigs enter the scene and command the dancefloor with their scandalous modern moves. They eventually get everyone to join in -- even the show’s skeptical host.
The song, off Sia’s album This Is Acting, was initially written for Rihanna. The new version featuring Sean’s verses is available now on iTunes.
There's a lot of commotion surrounding Kanye West's event at Madison Square Garden this afternoon, which has been described as part listening party for his new album, The Life Of Pablo, and an official unveiling of his Yeezy Season 3 fashion collection. The Editor-in-Chief of VIBE, Datwon Thomas tells ABC Radio that there's likely going to be plenty of surprises during the sold-out event.
"I totally believe he's going to bring his collaborators out on stage," Thomas says, referring to speculation that West might perform some of his new material. "I've been to so many Kanye shows, he's going to bring that same energy and that same creative spite to what he's doing now."
Thomas continues that Kanye will also likely get a lot off his chest. "You can tell by the fact that he's in class Kanye mode right now, you know what I mean, and I think we're going to get a long speech, we all know what those speeches were like before, like what he did at MTV, and something is going to be a good 15 or 20 minutes," Thomas says. "I'm putting money down that he's going to go off on a tangent for that long, but for the most part we're going to be surprised by a few things I'm sure." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
Since everyone can't make the show, which will include a performance by the artist Vanessa Beecroft, Kanye has announced that his show will be "live streamed for all" on Tidal at 4 p.m. ET.
ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry may not be attending the Grammy Awards this year, but she will be hosting an exclusive party for music artists two days before the ceremony. The New York Times reports Katy is helming a black-tie event Saturday in Los Angeles, which she’s calling “An Evening to Celebrate the Creators.”
The guest list is open to artists, producers and songwriters only. That means no publicists, managers or reporters allowed. The exclusion is deliberate, Katy says.
“Artists are always looking for a way to connect with each other, but we don’t get that authentic connection because we’re either being pulled or pushed,” she tells the Times.
The night will also include a performance by Sia, who’ll be co-hosting the event.
So where will Katy be watching the Grammys Monday night? “In my pajamas, eating matzo ball soup,” she says. “No makeup, glad I’m not in a corset. Vicks cream on.”
And as for when we can expect her new album, Katy says she’s taking her time with the next one. “I’m in the research and development phase,” she says. “I’ve been going at it for eight or nine years in the spotlight, and then before that there’s that decade of hustle that never gets recognized but still shows up in your wrinkles. So right now I’m taking a little time. I don’t want to jump on any trends. I just need to evolve.”
Columbia RecordsHozier is teaming up with fellow Irish native, Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse [SER-sha] Ronan, to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence. In the upcoming video for Hozier’s new single, “Cherry Wine,” the actress will play a woman in a physically abusive relationship.
The clip will premiere on Valentine’s Day, while the single will be available for download Friday, February 12. All proceeds from downloads of the song go to benefit a series of international domestic abuse charities.
“Domestic violence is an ongoing issue in our society, the statistics of which are shocking and the effects of which damage whole families, communities and span generations,” Hozier says in a statement. “With the song ‘Cherry Wine,’ I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship."
Hozier wrote “Cherry Wine” from the male perspective of an abuse sufferer. The lyrics highlight how victims can sometimes justify being in an unhealthy relationship. "The way she tells me I'm hers and she is mine/Open hand or closed fist would be fine/The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine," he sings on the song.
Eric Ray Davidson for GQ After admitting to GQ magazine that Hailey Baldwin is “someone he really loves,” Justin Bieber further clarified their relationship in the mag’s full cover story, out today. He says while he’s too busy for a real relationship right now, Hailey could potentially be the girl he one day marries.
“I don’t want to put anyone in a position where they feel like I’m only theirs, only to be hurt in the end. Right now in my life, I don’t want to be held down by anything,” Justin says. “I already have a lot that I have to commit to. A lot of responsibilities.”
He adds that he’s trying not to repeat past mistakes by jumping into a relationship when he's not ready. “What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry, right?” he says. “If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it’s always gonna be damaged. It’s really hard to fix wounds like that. It’s so hard… I just don’t want to hurt her.”
The two have known each other since they were 13. As for now, Justin classifies her as just a friend he kisses -- albeit one he “really loves.”
Hailey backed up Justin's claims to E! News, saying, "We are not an exclusive couple. He's about to go on tour. Relationships at this age are already complicated, but I don't really like to talk about it because it's between me and him.”
ABC/Randy HolmesKanye Westchallenged everyone Tuesday to guess what the acronym for his new album, T.L.O.P, stands for. Believe it or not, it looks like nearly three dozen people figured out it stood for The Life of Pablo.
TMZ reports learned 33 people guessed correctly and later received an email from Kanye's creative director, who reportedly requested their shoe sizes, full contact information and if they can attend the Thursday Madison Square Garden premiere event with a guest. In addition, the email also allegedly threatens that the winners must "keep this correspondence 100% confidential - any violation of this will void your contest win."
As previously reported, 'Ye promised a pair of Yeezy sneakers and tickets to his season 3 collection premiere, where all lucky winners will get to attend his show later this afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Kanye is scheduled to world premiere The Life of Pablo in its entirety and unveil his new fashion collection.
The Recording AcademyThe 58th Annual Grammy Awards has just announced its opening act: Taylor Swift. The seven-time nominee will open the show Monday night with a song from her Grammy-nominated album, 1989.
This marks Taylor’s second time opening the Grammys. She previously kicked off the show in 2013 with a performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
Taylor joins a crop of other performers including Adele, Ellie Goulding, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, The Weeknd and Lady Gaga, the latter of whom will be performing a David Bowie tribute.
LL Cool J will host the ceremony for the fifth consecutive year. The Grammy Awards air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
The Recording Industry Association of America announced the singer's become the first artist in history to be certified with 100 million cumulative gold and platinum song certifications. In other words, if you add up all of the gold and platinum singles Rihanna's ever released, they add up to over 100 million total copies sold.
In addition, Rihanna's new album, ANTI, has already gone platinum, less than a month after its release.
The singer took to Twitter to show her appreciation: "Navy yall did this i$h!!! FIRST & ONLY @RIAA certified with 100M song awards & #ANTI is PLATINUM!! Thank you for the love!" she tweeted.
Last month, ANTI was downloaded more than one million times within 14 hours of its January 27 release through a free offer made possible by Rihannas Samsung partnership. Her project, which includes her lead single "Work," featuring Drake, currently sit at No. 1 on the Billboard chart.
In related news, Rihanna is scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards February 15, followed by the U.K.'s BRIT Awards on February 24. She'll then embark on her ANTI World Tour in San Diego February 26.
ABC/Fred Lee American Authors has a brand new tune. The band has released their new single, “Pride,” along with a music video for the song.
In the video, frontman Zac Barnett goes from strolling down city streets to basking in the beauty of the mountains while singing about “never giving up” his pride.
“Pride” is the follow-up to the anthemic "Go Big or Go Home," the lead single from their sophomore album, set to be released in May. The album was initially expected to be released at the end of last year.
"The first album kind of really deals with kind of where we were and where we came from," Zac told ABC Radio. "Whereas this one kind of talks more about the now...kind of what we do every day and where we're going."
Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesTaylorSwift recently answered a pair of young Texas girls' pitch for donations with a generous one of her own.
Humble, Texas cousins Jordan Fox and Makaylee Duhon, both 12, rewrote Swift's hit "Blank Space" and posted the video on YouTube in an effort to get donations for a therapy dog for Jordan's 5-year-old brother, Jacob, who is autistic.
Last week, Swift surprised the girls when she herself donated $10,000.
Makaylee tells Houston TV station KPRC they got the news from Jacob's mom, Allison Hill. "She was like, 'Taylor Swift just donated $10,000,'" recalls Makaylee. "And we were all like, 'Oh my gosh!'"
The idea for the video came from Jordan, who figured she could pay tribute to one of her favorite stars while making a difference for her brother.
"Jacob has a hard time making connections with people," explains Hill. "So this is going to be probably Jacob's first friend."
Swift's donation, combined with the more than $3,000 donated by others, helped the family pay for the therapy dog, which will be trained and sent to Jacob in the next year and a half to two years.
Fantasia with contestant Jordan Sasser; Michael Becker/FOXThe Top 24 have been chosen, and on Wednesday night's one-hour edition of American Idol, it was time for them to show judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez that they are here to stay.
Each contestant performed a solo song of their choosing in front of the judges and an intimate crowd at the Vibiana in Los Angeles. Thursday night, they’ll be paired up with Idol favorites, including Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Nick Fradiani, Caleb Johnson, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery.
Here are Wednesday’s highlights:
Stephany Negrete kicked things off with Jessie J’s “Mama Knows Best.” Keith praised the song choice, but thought she could’ve loosened up a little more. Jennifer said Stephany had the “full package” to be a pop star -- voice, looks and stage presence, but felt she could’ve been a little more connected to the song. Harry agreed, noting that “something was missing,” although he still thought it was a strong performance.
Next up was Mackenzie Bourg with Great Big World’s “Say Something.” Lopez said Bourg looked natural, noting that he “did what Mackenzie does.” Connick enjoyed the performance, in particular that Mackenzie changed the melody, but kept the integrity of the song. Urban added that it sounded like a song Bourg could’ve written himself.
Multi-instrumentalist Jeneve Rose Mitchell played the harp this time as she sang Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.” Harry thought she did a disservice to herself by playing the harp on this song because it hindered her vocal performance. Keith called Jeneve “the real deal,” noting that playing the harp standing up as she did was not easy. Jennifer admitted she wasn’t sure about Jeneve at first, but “had goosies everywhere” after the performance.
Country singer Jenna Renae chose “My Church” by Maren Morris for her solo performance. Urban loved the song choice, but was still curious to hear “other sides” of her. J-Lo thought Jenna sounded like she was in her element, displaying a joy in her singing she hadn’t seen before. Harry liked the energy and enthusiasm, but warned that there is a fine line between singing with enthusiasm and shouting, and her pitch suffered because of it.
James VIII‘s version of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” was a hit with the studio audience, who booed Jennifer when she said the song didn’t grab her or the crowd the way it could have. Harry agreed with J-Lo, noting that the tune was “super easy,” which was fine, but he wondered when it was going to become “more complex.” Keith warned James to be careful choosing between “being chill and being indulgent.”
Sonika Vaid performed “Safe and Sound,” by Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars. Harry said it was one of the more emotional performances of the night. Lopez complimented the singer for having a “beautiful voice,” but suggested Sonika choose songs that aren’t only suited to her voice, but make her “feel something” as well.
Gianna Isabella, daughter of dance diva Brenda K. Starr, slayed with her delivery of Annie Lennox’s version of “I Put a Spell on You.” Urban declared that Gianna’s voice is “undeniable.” However, he also noted that while she had moments of owning the stage, the performance was a little inconsistent. Harry said Gianna was a student of American Idol and pleased the crowd with “big, loud notes in the right places,” but urged her to challenge herself and find as much “meat” in her performance as she can.
Emily Brooke belted out Cassadee Pope’s “I Am Invincible” -- a poor choice in the judges’ opinions. Jennifer didn’t think the song played to Brooke’s vocal strengths. Harry added that he didn’t think Emily “sold” the lyrics, noting that he’d never seen her struggle with her pitch as much as she did on Wednesday. Keith agreed, but was a little kinder, praising Emily for “exploring” and searching for more of her artistry.
A makeup-less, dressed-down Avalon Young performed “Love Yourself,” by Justin Bieber. Connick praised Young for being “in tune” with who she is, adding that it was a strong performance. Urban agreed, but urged her to “take charge” more. Lopez noted that Avalon had the audience in the palm of her hand, and urged her not to be too self-conscious.
Jordan Sasser delivered an overly dramatic performance of Celine Dion’s “All by Myself.” Keith thought the performance was “a little too theatrical,” causing Jordan to lose the emotion of the song. Harry noted Sasser has a great voice, but called Wednesday’s performance "show-offy.”
Thomas Stringfellow was up next with “Creep” by Radiohead. Lopez was impressed with the way he “played” with his voice in a way she hadn’t heard before, adding that his emotion “filled the room.” Harry called it a “tremendous” performance, complimenting him on being “aware of the words.” Keith was also impressed with Thomas’ tendency to “lean into abandonment,” urging him never to pull himself out of that and “let yourself go.”
Closing out Wednesday’s show was La’Porsha Renae, who won the night with her performance of Ike & Tina Turner’s version of “Proud Mary,” dancing around the stage as she did. Connick predicted the performance would push other competitors to get better or make them quit. Urban praised La’Porsha for not allowing the praise she’s received in the past for her powerful voice “wreck” it for her by becoming too self-conscious of it.
American Idol continues with a two-hour edition on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
ABC/Randy HolmesAfter months of rumors and name changes, the wait is finally over. Kanye West's latest album, The Life of Pablo, arrives today. He announced the new album title on Wednesday evening. He'd previously referred to it as T.L.O.P.
Kanye has already tweeted that fans can expect "the best album of all time." Whether or not that turns out to be true, the Editor-in-Chief of VIBE, Datwon Thomas, tells ABC Radio fans can expect something fresh.
"They can expect innovation. I think what he's done time and time again is not do the same thing," Thomas says. "By the marketing and promotions that he does with all of his arguments, back-and-forths, proclamations of greatest for every project, he finds a way to make you care about what he either has to say or the sounds that he's going to produce."
Thomas believes Kanye is going to be at the top of his game. "The pressure is so much on him that he has to deliver or it breaks him, he's just a rare artist in that way. And then he also finds a way to get everyone that is working with him to believe in what he's doing, to the point where they all level up and bring their A-game as well," Thomas says. "It's almost like being on the ultimate sports team with him as the ultimate point guard and leader of that team and every time out he's looking to break a record of some sort and he usually does"
Thomas also adds that West is a perfectionist and waited for the right moment to release the album, especially following the mixed reviews for 2013's Yeezus.
"I think this time, he kind of got a chance to live a little, learn a little bit more about fatherhood, embrace the fact that he's a part of the Kardashain fam and just kind of live in a different way than we're used to seeing him in," Thomas says. "I think he really, really wanted to focus in on his fashion and get that line done and work on a deal with Adidas so by the time his next album drops, he's in full force with his clothing line. He's very meticulous and strategic in making sure points meet, and I think he needed that extra time to get the business stuff squared away in the fashion world so that he can make the music the most that it can be."
ABC News Chief Business & Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis notes that Kanye has done a lot to generate hype for his latest project. "He is a master of creating buzz around himself, and when you take a look around these days at who sells the most whatever product we're talking about, it's the people who mastered the social media game, who have mastered getting their name in the headlines time and time again," she tells ABC Radio.
Jarvis believes Kanye's recent Bill Cosby tweet, in which he proclaimed the comedian to be innocent in the wake of sexual assault allegations, serves his cause, too. "The Bill Cosby tweet is certainly controversial, but it gets Kanye West's name in the headlines just when he needs his name in the headlines, which is right as people are about to make this decision whether or not to buy his album. And it's a reminder to people that he's out there and he's ready," she says.
The album, which was previously named Swish, Waves and, originally So Help Me God, includes contributions from Swizz Beatz, who recently told ABC Radio last week that fans should "look for me two times on there."
His 10-song album also features four songs we've already heard, including “No More Parties in LA” featuring Kendrick Lamar and “Real Friends” with Ty Dolla $ign. There's also “Fade,” featuring Ty$ and Post Malone, and “Wolves” with Sia and Vic Mensa.
Travi$ Scott may not appear on the official track list, but the rap newcomer told Billboard that Kanye aimed to deliver a "good f***ing album." He adds, "That n**** not sleepin’, n**** ain’t eatin’. S*** crazy, it’s lit."
Ian Connor, who is on West's creative team, also told Billboard what it was like working with the rapper. "I’m his creative consultant so I [advise] on the clothing and [give] my ideas as far as 'this is right, this is wrong, this is cool, we should bring in this person, we should not f*** with this person,'" says Conor, who was mentioned during Kanye's Twitter rant with Wiz Khalifa earlier this month.
Tonight will see Kanye world premiering the album in its entirety at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The event will be streamed at theaters in more than 20 countries around the world, including Australia, Spain, Ireland and Switzerland.
Here's the complete track list for The Life of Pablo, as he tweeted it Wednesday:
Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup/FXWhen awards shows collide: Lady Gaga tells Variety that she found out about her Oscar nomination while working on her Grammys tribute to David Bowie.
The morning the nominations were announced, Gaga says kept waking up to check her cell phone in nervous anticipation. “Then I got distracted working on the David Bowie tribute,” she says. “I was creating the mix tape I was going to submit to [producer/musician] Nile Rodgers and I had my headphones on and was getting really into it and I missed the very beginning of the nominations.”
When she finally saw that her song, “Til It Happens to You,” was nominated, she says, “It was crazy, it was really special.”
Gaga adds, “I had the computer on my lap, working on Bowie’s music, and I already felt so honored and privileged to be doing that. And I looked up and saw ‘Til It Happens To You’ on the screen.”
The song, which she co-wrote with Diane Warren for the campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground, is up for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards on February 28. Gaga also will be performing during the ceremony. On Monday, Gaga will be performing her Bowie tribute at the Grammys.
ABC/John Fleenor Last year, Carly Rae Jepsen released her album EMOTION, which received across-the-board raves from nearly every critic and landed on many year-end "best" lists. Now, she's ready to take those songs on the road, as she kicks off her Gimmie Love tour Friday night. She says she's expecting a different kind of crowd to show up to her concerts this time around -- and she's thrilled about it.
Carly did a mini-tour last year to gauge audience reaction to her new material, and was surprised to see that her audience seems to have changed completely, thanks to the critical acclaim EMOTION received. "It was a totally different audience than what I had with my last album Kiss, where it was kind of a lot of Bieber fans and younger girls which was great," she tells ABC Radio. "[But it's] now turned into people [my] age who are just lovers of pop music, and adults, and it’s a new kind of show for us."
"I can say with complete honesty I’ve never had so much fun performing," Carly says of playing for a more mature crowd. "You can tell different stories, be a lot more authentic and, um, I’m just having the time of my life with it."
While her music is pop, Carly says don't expect the kind of over-the-top spectacle many female pop stars put on these days. "We actually don’t put too much into production or any kind of crazy costuming or things like that," she tells ABC Radio. "Not to be a boring show, but to actually keep the focus where we want it to be on: great music, a great band and hopefully, an amazing lighting show that just makes you [get] lost and be able to focus on those things."
Don't expect the "Call Me Maybe" singer to be busting out any dance moves, either, though it's not like she'll be standing still. "I, myself, don’t jump around with skill, but I jump around anyways because I can’t help it," she laughs. "And we want that to be sort of an infectious type of energy that the audience feels like they can come and dance and celebrate with us."
Carly's about as far from a diva as you can get, so as she hits the road with her band, her list of backstage demands are pretty simple. "Forever, it’s been, like, chips, salsa, beers for the boys, wine for me," Carly says. "We try to keep it healthy with fruit plates -- nothing too extravagant." But, she laughs, "If it’s gonna be towards the end of the tour, we’ll start to call in for some whiskey!"
Courtesy of NetflixSia, Pink and James Bay are among a slew of artists tackling The Beatles catalog for a new animated children’s series inspired by the Fab Four’s classic tunes.
The artists will be covering famous Beatles songs for Beat Bugs, which is set to premiere on Netflix this August. The series, about a group of tiny insect pals who live in a suburban backyard, will incorporate the songs into its storylines
Sia will be singing "Blackbird" and Pink will do her own rendition of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." It's not yet known what song James Bay will be covering, but other songs to be featured in the program include "All You Need Is Love," "Come Together," "Help!," "Penny Lane," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Yellow Submarine."
The producers of Beat Bugs were able to secure a deal to use compositions from John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Northern Songs catalog.
You can check out the show's teaser trailer now on YouTube.
ABC/Randy HolmesCarly Rae Jepsen paid tribute to Fleetwood Mac Tuesday, during the first night of Fleetwood Mac Fest in Los Angeles. She opened the show with a cover of the classic rock band’s song “Hold Me.”
Others who performed at Fleetwood Mac Fest included Mark Ronson, comedian Sarah Silverman and rocker Courtney Love. At the end of the concert, the show’s participants joined in for a group cover of "The Chain."
The second night of Fleetwood Mac Fest will be held tonight, February 10 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicBruno Mars has finally processed his thoughts about that epic Super Bowl 50 halftime performance on Sunday. In an Instagram post Tuesday, he thanked Coldplay and Beyonce for the experience.
“I had front row seats and witnessed these two incredible artist do their thing,” Bruno writes. “Thank you Coldplay for inviting the squad and I to perform our tune. We were all very honored to be a part of such a positive uplifting show. Thank You Beyonce for continuing to bless the world with that fire / hot sauce.”
He also showed his gratitude to the NFL for all their hard work, and to Versace, for dressing him and his dancers.
In another Instagram post, he hinted that he might be back on the halftime stage for Super Bowl 52. “See y'all at Super Bowl 52 Ayyyyyyyy!!” he writes. “I'm jus joking.. Or am I ??? You never know bro. You jus never knowwww.”
Bruno previously headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2014.