Epic Records/Sony Music EntertainmentOver the weekend, Mariah Careydebuted a new song: "Infinity," lifted from her upcoming album, #1 to Infinity.
In the mid-tempo cut, posted on YouTube, Mariah finds inspiration from a failed relationship, a topic that has many fans wondering if it's inspired by her estranged husband Nick Cannon, who filed for divorce in January.
"Why you mad/Talking 'bout you mad/Could it be/That you just lost the best you/Ever had/That's yo bag/Yep that's too bad," she sings to an ex-lover.
While she doesn't name-drop anyone, Carey lets it be known that a reconciliation isn't happening. "Close the door/Lose the key/Leave my heart on the mat for me/I was yours/Eternally/There's an end to infinity," she sings in the chorus.
#1 to Infinity, which will feature 18 of Mariah's #1 hits, arrives May 18. The video for "Infinity, which was directed by Mariah's buddy, film director Brett Ratner, will premiere April 27.
Image Group LA/ABCMaroon 5 recently wrapped up the North American leg of their V world tour, and their opening act, MAGIC! -- who'll continue with Adam Levine and the guys next month in Europe -- says it was a real learning experience for them, in terms of realizing that they can aspire to the same level of success.
It was inspiring, MAGIC! guitarist Mark Pellizer says, "seeing these guys have a career that's spanned over 10 years," noting that Maroon 5 is made up of "good friends from the past coming together [and] staying together."
"They're very nice people" he tells ABC Radio. "It was great to connect with them and to learn about their history. And so I think what we learned is that it’s possible for us to do this too. You know, we just gotta stick with it and have that sort of same mentality."
During the tour, the "Rude" hitmakers also learned a lot about how to make their own live shows better.
"This was our first tour where we actually got to be on a bus and not fly every day," lead singer Nasri tells ABC Radio. "So we got to really spend a lot of time with our crew together and get to know our own music, get to know our own show and start developing it. It’s just been a whole crazy time for us, really."
It wasn't all work though: Nasri says he and MAGIC! drummer Alex Tanas got to spend some downtime with Adam Levine and Maroon 5 keyboard player PJ Morton. "[We] played basketball with Adam and PJ a bunch of times. We played a lot of H-O-R-S-E. with them," says Nasri. "They’re [always] kinda goofing around the same way we are."
Of course, the main attraction for any opening act is to win over new fans who may be hearing their music for the first time. So, did MAGIC! manage to do that during this leg of the tour? Nasri says it's hard to say how many Maroon 5 fans they've turned into MAGIC! fans.
"You know, Maroon 5 fans are a bit of an older crowd, so we hope that they’re gonna come out [for us]," he tells ABC Radio. "We think they are. I mean, we did get a standing ovation by the end on every show, or most of them."
MAGIC! has just release a new single and video, "No Way No." They'll perform at the Rock in Rio USA festival next month, and then head to Europe to join Maroon 5 starting May 26 in London.
Ben WattsJustinBieber never got a chance to attend his high school prom, but he made up for that on Saturday when he crashed the senior prom of Chatsworth Charter High School outside Los Angeles.
Bieber also brought some friends along, including model Hailey Baldwin, according to the news website Inquisitr.
Several students posted videos on Twitter, showing Justin dancing with a number of girls. "I DANCED WITH @justinbieber AT MY PROM," one girl wrote, while another declared "THANK YOU @justinbieber FOR THE BEST PROM."
A post on the Twitter account for the Chats Senior class read, “Justin Bieber showing up at our prom? I think we know who had the best prom this year."
Another post read, "No other prom will ever be as turnt as #ChatsworthProm2k15 !! Did @justinbieber go to your prom??"
Bieber retweeted several of the messages to his 61.3 million followers.
For the record, Justin never attended his prom, but he did graduate from St. Michael Catholic Secondary School in his native Stratford, Ontario, in 2012. He also didn't attend the graduation ceremony.
Cal AurandRenowned physicist Stephen Hawking delivered a lecture Saturday on a number of important topics, including the mysteries of the universe, the future of our planet and how One Direction fans should cope with the departure last month of Zayn Malik from the group, according to BuzzFeed.
Hawking, who suffers from ALS, appeared onstage at the Sydney Opera House in the form of a 3D hologram from his physical location at England's Cambridge University.
After Hawking commented on a wide range of topics, one attendee asked the physicist, “What do you think is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world?”
“Finally, a question about something important,” Hawking replied.
“My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics. Because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes," Hawking said.
“It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe,” he explained, adding, “And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction.”
Hawking told the audience, “This girl may like to know that in another possible universe, she and Zayn are happily married.”
ABC/Adam TaylorPink's songs of self-empowerment would seem to make her an ideal role model for young girls, which is why it's bizarre that a father recently asked a judge to declare his ex-wife a bad parent for taking their 11-year-old to see the Grammy-winning star. However, a family court judge said there was no harm done to the girl, and agreed that Pink's songs have great messages for kids.
NJ.com reports that Superior Court Judge Lawrence R. Jones handed down a 37-page decision in which he ruled that the mother "in no way, shape or form exceeded the boundaries of reasonable parental judgment" in taking the girl to see Pink perform in Newark, N.J. on December 11, 2013.
The father's main complaint was that Pink's show contained "sexually suggestive" themes and dances, as well as "alleged profanity" in the lyrics. The mother contended that before she took the girl to see the show, she watched clips on YouTube to make sure the show would be OK, and noted that Pink's show contained lots of gymnastics and aerial stunts, which the girl is specifically interested in.
Judge Jones noted that decisions about which acts are appropriate for kids to see are based on how mature the child is, and whether the act's songs contain profanity or might incite violence. He then specifically mentioned Pink's songs "Perfect" and "The Great Escape" as containing positive messages for adolescents.
"The lyrics in many of the songs are not only age-appropriate for teens and pre-teens in [modern-day] America, but from an artistic standpoint are particularly noteworthy in addressing important social themes and messages which are objectively relevant and very relatable to young Americans," wrote the judge, who also noted that a few curse words here and there "does not logically disqualify the entire work or performance as 'age-inappropriate' for a teen or pre-teen’s ear."
He added, "When all the smoke from the custody litigation clears, it will be self-evident that all which happened here is that a young girl went to her first rock concert with her mother and had a really great time."
Bruce Jenner came out as transgender on Friday night, telling ABC's Diane Sawyer, "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman." He inspired many of music's biggest stars to take to Twitter to express their support for the former Olympian-turned-reality show star's willingness to speak openly about who he really is.
"Absolutely [floored] at how courageous and brave Bruce Jenner is. So inspiring and so powerful," wroteSam Smith. "Shame on anyone who dare judge." Ariana Grandegushed, "bruce jenner is beautiful. we all need to commit to making this world a more loving, supportive, SAFE /non judgmental place to be ourselves."
Before the interview aired, Lady Gaga tweeted that she prayed the interview "will be met with compassion," adding, "We have the chance to write this moment in history together. Let's empower people like Bruce all over the world by being loving & not mean."
Afterwards, a pleased Gaga wrote of Jenner, "Now that is bravery."
Miley Cyrus, a supporter of LGBT issues, tweeted, "I LOOOOVE LOOOVE LOOOVE Bruce Jenner!!!!!!!," while Demi Lovato, also a supporter of the cause, wrote, addressing Jenner, "so beyond brave... You're going to save lives by sharing your story.. God bless you and your heroic soul."
Demi reportedly also dedicated a performance of her song "Warrior" to Jenner during a show in New Zealand over the weekend. According to E! she told the crowd, "It's so cheesy that I'm even doing this, but whatever. I want to dedicate it to someone who became an even bigger hero last night — Bruce Jenner!"
Rapper Macklemore, whose hit with Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert, "Same Love," is a gay empowerment anthem, tweeted, "I am inspired by anyone sharing their truth in the face of judgement and fear. Bruce Jenner is a brave human."
Jennifer Lopezwrote, "Once a champion always a champion," adding the hashtags #beyourself and #loveyourself.
An estimated 17 million people watched the ABC special, according to Variety.
Courtesy Caesars EntertainmentWant to witness Mariah Carey’s grand Las Vegas entrance, but can’t make it to Sin City? You’re in luck! Periscope, Twitter’s live-streaming app, will be broadcasting her entire welcome event live from Caesars Palace.
The event will take place Monday to mark Mariah’s Vegas arrival and the start of her Mariah #1 to Infinity residency, which kicks off May 6. It will also celebrate the release of Mariah’s new single, “Infinity,” and its music video, directed by Brett Ratner.
Festivities begin at 6 p.m. PT in front of the fountains at Caesars Palace. Following the event, Periscope will be broadcasting Mashable’s live interview with Mariah at 8 p.m. PT.
Florent Dechard“Uptown Funk” has, in a sense, turned Mark Ronson’s career upside down. It took him from a particularly low point straight to the top of the charts. In an interview with The Jewish Chronicle Online, the powerhouse producer speaks about his struggle to break out of a career slump.
"It was a lull," he says. "I was 'cold', in industry parlance. I could see the other producers getting the calls to work on certain projects, and it was like, 'Oh, OK, that's cool… I had a good run, right?'”
But it was this time of rejection that spurred him to create something great. He ended up making Uptown Special, featuring the smash hit with Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk." “I think when I buckled down to make this record, it wasn't like, 'I'll show them!' but more like a pragmatic feeling of, 'You'd better make the best record you've ever made or no one will give a s**t about you for the rest of your life,'" he says.
People certainly care, now. Earlier this month, “Uptown Funk” became Billboard's longest-running #1 single of the 2010s. While Mark is happy with the success, he’s also content with his behind-the-scenes producer role. "Listen, I'm 39, I'm not a pop star age,” he says. “I can still take the subway in New York and the tube [in London], it's not like a frenzy. I get recognized, but with a kind of nod. It's not like a selfie catastrophe every time I go out. It's cool. It is a bit of a thrill seeing your name on top of the charts as opposed to in parentheses, but those are superficial kicks."
Michelangelo Di Battista/RCA RecordsNow you can hear Britney Spears' cover of Suzanne Vega’s 1987 hit “Tom’s Diner.” The song, which is featured on Italian disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder’s upcoming album, has leaked online.
Instead of going a cappella like the original version, Britney and Giorgio recorded an electronic, futuristic-sounding interpretation of the song. SPIN has the leaked full version.
In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Giorgio said the “Tom’s Diner” cover was Britney’s idea. "Britney came to my management company with the idea to do a particular song with me, which was interesting because usually it's the other way, with the producer offering a song," the 74-year-old producer said.
Britney’s not the first one to reinterpret the song. Fall Out Boysampled the tune last year in their single, “Centuries.”
Giorgio’s album, Déjà Vu, is his first solo released in 30 years. It also features Sia and Charli XCX. It’s set for a June 16 release.
Kaitlin Christy/Atlantic RecordsIf Taylor Swift is pop music’s eternal optimist, Charli XCX might just be the opposite. In a recent interview with Maxim magazine, Charli admits she’s “not very good at being happy all the time.” In fact, she says most of the time she’s really quite bored.
“I’m not going to lie and say everything’s amazing, because sometimes it’s really f**king tough,” she says. “I’m not good at being a picture-perfect pop star, happy all the time. If I’m having a bad day, I can’t pretend. I’m always a bit unhappy, but that’s just me. I like dwelling in my sadness.”
You’d never know it from her bouncy hits, like “Boom Clap,” and her crazy, colorful wardrobe. “Just because I might be bored doesn’t mean I have to look boring,” she says. “I’d rather look fabulous, like I’m having a great time. There’s nothing that says boss more than a belly chain and snakeskin trousers. My dad always used to encourage me to dress weird.”
And, she says, her parents used to drop her off at all-age raves in London, where she’d perform as a young teen. “I remember one time my mum came to pick me up at, like, 5 a.m., and some guy threw up all over her shoes,” she says. “But I loved it. I was like, ‘Mum, when I grow up I want to live in a warehouse.’”
Now, she lives in the next best thing: a house in the English countryside decked out like “Miami ‘70s porn pad.”
Between the house, her Grammy-nominated hit “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea and a stint opening for Katy Perry this year, Charli's doing pretty well for herself. But she has even bigger plans for the future. “I have a business mind, I have a real drive -- I want to have an empire,” she says. “I want to have more of a legacy, and I think just because I wear what I wear, and am a pop star, doesn’t mean I can’t have that.”
Warner Bros. RecordsWill Adam Lambert be going on tour this year in support of his upcoming album, The Original High? "Yeah, if people like this record!" the singer tells Billboard.
The last time he did a full solo U.S. tour was in 2010 in support of his 2009 debut album, For Your Entertainment. He admits that his last album, 2012’s Trespassing, didn’t quite have the success to warrant a big tour.
"There was a couple of freestanding [American] dates," Lambert says, "but unfortunately… I mean, you know, it's common knowledge Trespassing wasn't quite the commercial success that we all had hoped it would be, which would have supported a tour.”
But, he adds, “I'm really, really thankful that the fans ate it up, and that we debuted at No. 1 on the [Billboard 200] chart. That was lovely. I stand by the album."
While he didn’t tour solo, he did hit the road with rock band Queen. He toured with them in 2014 and just wrapped the European leg of the tour on February 27. Queen’s guitarist, Brian May, is featured on Adam’s new album.
Courtesy of Glamour UKThere are tons of young girls who think Taylor Swift is the coolest gal around. But in the new issue of Glamour’s U.K. edition, which Taylor guest-edits, the singer tells the mag that “looking cool” just isn’t high up on her list of things to do.
“I just don’t place much priority on looking cool, and I think at 25, I’m finally OK with feeling that,” she says. “I’ve said this before. I think there’s this priority on having this persona of being edgy or cool or bored. And those things are all sexy. All those things are chic, when you seem not to care about anything other than yourself. And I just don’t buy into it. I’m really excited by lots of things.”
Taylor adds, “I think enthusiasm is the best protection. It can protect you from anything. And I don’t feel bored by any of this, so I don’t strive to look bored by any of this.”
Taylor says she counts on her friends and family -- particularly her mom, Andrea, who was recently diagnosed with cancer -- to keep her grounded. “My mom is really good at putting things back into perspective for me," says Taylor. "And it’s really nice when she says, ‘I know there’s no way I could possibly understand what you’re going through, but here’s what I think.’ And sometimes it does feel unfair, but then I walk into my apartment that I can’t believe I could afford to buy and it doesn’t feel so unfair anymore.”
One of the injustices of being a mega-pop star, though, is having your love life on display for all to see. Taylor says she’s happy she got to explore life as a single woman, but feels she was forced into it. “It’s kind of a sad way I got there though, being shamed into it,” she says. “What else is it when you have two boyfriends in one year and everyone’s calling you boy crazy, making jokes about you at awards shows? That’s public humiliation. And I don’t think it’s fair.”
Luckily, Taylor’s songwriting is her therapy, but there are some topics that likely won’t make it on to her next album. “Every woman has different things that make them feel strong and powerful. For me, I don’t have any need or urge to write about overt sexuality,” she says. “It just never occurs to me. I appreciate girls who sing about whatever they want, because that’s what they want to sing about.”
And for Taylor, staying true to yourself is about as "cool" as it gets.
Elisabeth Caren/Atlantic RecordsCharlie Puth will be joining rapper Wiz Khalifa for a special performance on Saturday Night Live May 2. The two will be performing “See You Again,” the Paul Walker tribute song from the Furious 7 soundtrack, which Charlie co-wrote and co-produced.
Two days later, on May 4, Charlie will release his debut EP, Some Type of Love. The four-song collection includes the single “Marvin Gaye,” featuring Meghan Trainor. It also features a retro-style ballad called “I Won’t Tell a Soul,” which is currently streaming on Charlie’s YouTube channel.
Charlie is touring the U.S. with Meghan this summer. His debut album will be released later this year.
Image Courtesy ABC/ Lorenzo BevilaquaOn Friday in Washington, D.C., John Legend will take part in a special panel discussion on the modern day civil rights movement hosted by political news website Politico. "An Evening with John Legend," featuring a performance by the singer, takes place the night before the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, when journalists, politicians and celebrities of all stripes come together. It's a high profile gig for John, but he's long been an entertainer who's used his celebrity to support social causes.
"I’m just trying to make great music and then hopefully make an impact, not just with the music, but with what I do with my fame," says Legend, who is spearheading a new multi-year campaign,Free America, focused on ending mass incarceration and changing the criminal justice system.
The singer says it's important to him to use his high profile to do more than just entertain. "When we do social campaigns and political campaigns, it’s because I’ve been given a platform as an artist and I try to use that platform to make the world a little bit better," he says.
Aside from his philanthropic projects, the crooner is busy with his TV and film production company, Get Lifted Film Co., whose projects include a new reality series Sing It On and an upcoming movie musical. After picking up an Oscar for "Glory," the song he co-wrote for the movie Selma, he says he's eager to get more of his songs into films.
"The thing is, I write so many songs for my albums that I can’t use on my albums, so I end up putting some of them on movies," he says. "And then some I actually write specifically for the movie, like for Selma I did that," he says. "But I enjoy having my music in film. I have a production company that produces film as well and we try to find ways to integrate good music with good film."
"An Evening with John Legend" will take place at Washington, D.C.'s Longview Gallery. It's invite-only, but it will be streamed live on Politico beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteHappy Birthday, Kelly Clarkson! The original American Idol turns 33 today and her life couldn't be better, with a hit album, a great husband and stepkids, and an adorable baby girl. How will she celebrate? Only her husband, Brandon Blackstock, knows for sure.
Asked by a fan on Twitter how she'll mark her special day, Kelly tweeted, "Brandon is surprising me with birthday getaway so we will see :)."
Whatever the getaway is, we're sure it'll be special, since Brandon is a man prone to romantic gestures. Last July, he gave her a 10-acre field of sunflowers, her favorite blossom. On her birthday two years ago, he gave her a bouquet of sunflowers and a red velvet cake that he made for her himself.
Kelly also revealed on Twitter that her the video for her next single, the Sia-penned "Invincible," is "coming soon," writing, "we are about to shoot [it]."
Finally, Kelly wrote that she's ready to launch her Piece by Piece tour, which kicks off July 11. A big part of Kelly's live show is covering some of her favorite artists, and a fan tweeted a request that when she performs in Dallas, Texas, that she covers a song by the late Tejano artist Selena. "You both are Texas girls and it only makes sense!" tweeted the fan.
Kelly replied, referring to Selena's 1995 top 10 hit, "Oh hell yes! I will sing some 'I could fall in love' all night long!"
Image Group LA/ABCTaylor Swift may be one of the biggest celebrities in the world today, but she has strong opinions on some other stars who she predicts are going to blow up in the future. For the new issue of Glamour's U.K. edition, Taylor's put together a list of female celebs she calls her "Women of Tomorrow."
"I believe women are at our best when we support each other -- so I’m proud to give you my list of the ones who excite and inspire me,” Taylor writes. The 10 lucky women are:
Oscar-nominated True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld Model GigiHadid Model/Actress Suki Waterhouse The Giver star Odeya Rush The Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg Singer/actress Zendaya Actress Halston Sage Model Martha Hunt Georgia Nott from the band Broods Teen actress Joey King
Taylor has also written a blurb for each woman, explaining why she chose them. About Hailee, who's one of Taylor's close friends, the singer says, "She brings natural instincts and subtle sophistication to the screen.” Gigi, Taylor says, "has the quickest wit of anyone I know. And best yet, she’s real.”
As for Zendaya, Taylor says, "I was impressed by how she eloquently defended herself in the midst of some recent drama, where it was debated whether she should’ve worn [dreadlocks] to the Oscars. She’s already shown her talent, but in this she’s showed her strength.”
It’s ironic that Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue in the first Hunger Games film, is included on Taylor’s list, though, considering she recently made headlines by posting a video where she criticized Taylor and other pop stars for appropriating black culture “as a way of being edgy and gaining attention."
Republic RecordsThe first single from the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack is out today, and it features the talents of a trifecta of pop superstars. The song, “Flashlight,” was written by Sam Smith and Sia, and is performed by Jessie J.
The track is an uplifting, emotional ballad and showcases Jessie’s soaring vocals. It’s currently available for purchase on iTunes, and the entire soundtrack, which includes mash-ups and medleys from the movie musical, is available for pre-order. A video for “Flashlight,” set on a college campus, premieres tonight on Vevo at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The soundtrack will be released on May 12, just before the movie hits theaters on May 15. The comedy, a sequel to 2012’s Pitch Perfect, stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson as members of the collegiate a cappella group, the Barden Bellas. The group enters an international competition that no American team has ever won before.
ABC/Randy HolmesDespite a history of twerking, Iggy Azalea is perfectly content to leave the dancing to Britney Spears in the video for their song "Pretty Girls." The Aussie rapper, who co-directed the video, tells USA Today she just wasn't comfortable busting a move.
“I don’t know if it necessarily fits my identity, but I think Britney’s identity is really embedded in being a dancer, and that’s something she really wanted to do as well,” Iggy says. “So there’s a lot of dancing in the video, but I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily centered around that.”
When Iggy and Britney were spotted filming the visual around L.A., their wardrobe seemed very ‘80s-inspired. But Iggy says the video won’t be your typical ‘80s homage. “It’s a little bit more complicated than that,” Iggy says. “You know me, I like having a narrative. So if it was just like, ''80s!’ that would be kind of boring for me. But what Britney made clear to me is that she really wanted to do a video where she got to dress up and play a character.”
Iggy says she looked to actress Geena Davis for the video’s style inspiration. “I think she’s just like the ultimate ’80s pin-up hot, cool type of girl, so I told Britney to check her out, and she was like, ‘Yes, I love Geena Davis!’” Iggy says. “So we based our characters on a lot of stuff like that, like Geena Davis and characters she played in a lot of her movies at that time period. But there’s definitely a narrative. I don’t want to give it away, but it’s quirky and funny.”
"Pretty Girls" will be released on May 5, and Iggy and Britney will be performing the song live on the Billboard Music Awards May 17 on ABC.
RCA RecordsThe members of Walk the Moon are likely doing a dance of joy right now. Their hit song, “Shut Up and Dance,” has been certified platinum for one million in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The band will be bringing the upbeat song to The Voice next month. They’re set to perform on the NBC show’s May 12 episode.
Walk the Moon is currently touring the U.S. in support of their Talking Is Hard album.
Cliff Lipson/CBSShe hasn't released a new album since 2011, but for the third year in a row, Adele has topped the Sunday Times' "Rich List" of musicians under 30 in Britain and Ireland.
According to the BBC, Adele is #1 on the list, the full version of which will be published Sunday. She has an estimated fortune of 50 million pounds -- the equivalent 75.3 million bucks. The four members of One Direction -- plus ex-member Zayn Malik -- are all in at #2, with an estimated fortune of just under 38 million bucks each.
Also making the list this year is Sam Smith, who really began to experience fame in 2012, but has managed to rake in a fortune of 18 million bucks since then, according to the Times list.
As for who is the richest UK musician overall, according to the BBC, the Times list has Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell, heir to a trucking company fortune, on top. Together, the couple has a combined worth of 1.099 billion dollars. Others on the list include Elton John, U2, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Sting, and composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber.