Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCEd Sheeran hasn’t popped up as a special guest on his pal Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour yet. But over the weekend, he did make a surprise appearance at James Bay’s concert in Cambridge, England.
Ed, who’s currently taking a break from his X [Multiply] tour, joined James for a performance of “Let It Go” on Sunday. They both played guitar and took turns singing.
In a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly, James praises Ed’s generosity. “Ed doesn’t have to turn up and guest on mates’ records or gigs,” James says. “But he’s a real musician who just really loves to play. What’s awesome for the rest of us is that he’s so generous with that.”
James has been receiving a lot of public support lately. Last week, a video of a dance choreographed to “Let It Go” went viral, and a week before that, Hailee Steinfeldreleased an acoustic cover of the song.
Hollywood/Island/SafehouseDemi Lovato confidently posed naked and sans makeup for Vanity Fair in a series of unretouched photos released last week. Clearly, she’s practicing what she preaches in her latest empowering single “Confident,” the title track off her upcoming new album. But in case you still haven’t gotten the message, Demi’s here to explain.
“The pre-chorus says it best, where it says, ‘You’ve had me underrated,’” she says in a YouTube video describing the song. “I’ve wanted to shout that from the top of my lungs for years now.”
She admits that she has “never been confident enough in my own skin to feel sexy,” but now she feels proud in her own skin. The song “Confident” reflects that.
“I’m wanting to share that with the world and showing everyone how you can go from being very insecure with body image issues to feeling so proud of your body that you want to show it to the world,” says Demi.
The video for “Confident,” which was directed by Robert Rodriguez, will premiere October 9. Demi’s Confident album is set for an October 16 release.
Meanwhile, Demi was in Washington, D.C. Monday to speak at the National Alliance of Mental Health convention and to promote her “Be Vocal” campaign for mental health awareness. On Tuesday, she’ll head to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and urge them to make mental health a top priority.
Alex LakeDespite reports, "Take Me to Church" singer Hozier is not going to take anyone to court.
A Canadian musician who goes by the name of Chilly Gonzalez hosts a YouTube series about pop music, and on it, he recently intimated that Hozier had ripped off his friend, Canadian singer Feist -- apparently, he believes "Take Me to Church" bears a distinct resemblance to her song "How Come You Never Go There." This led to reports that Hozier was planning to sue Gonzalez for defamation, but the Grammy-nominee took to Facebook to deny that.
"There has been some talk in the press of legal action and I'd like to clarify my position and the goings-on of the past week for fear that gossip runs unchecked, as it often does," writes Hozier. "What was sought from my end was an apology and redaction of an unfair inferral. This has been issued by Jason Beck (Chilly Gonzales), which I very much appreciate. I will continue to follow and respect his work and look forward to moving on from this issue."
He adds, "Jason Beck has been co-operative and understanding, and there are no hard feelings on my part."
Beck wrote on his Facebook page, "I would like to fully retract any and all implication of copyright infringement in last week’s Pop Music Masterclass 'Take Me To Church' and sincerely apologize to Hozier whose work I respect."
ABC/Randy Holmes Tori Kelly is trying to stay calm after learning that Britney Spears danced to one of her songs.
Over the weekend, Britney taught a dance class to some young girls and tweeted a clip of the session where she and the girls perform a routine to Tori’s “Nobody Love.” Tori spotted the post and promptly geeked out.
“Just britney spears dancing to my song its not a big deal guys im fine im fine,” Tori tweeted, along with the siren and SOS emojis.
For the past couple of weeks, Britney’s been teaching classes at Rockit Dance Studio in Westlake Village, California. Maybe Tori can join in on the fun.
Sherwin LainezWhile this year has been quite memorable for Andy Grammer, it turns out that the dance he's doing tonight on Dancing with the Stars to his new single "Good to Be Alive" is paying tribute to a different year: 2009.
For tonight's Most Memorable Year theme, Andy has chosen 2009, which is the year he lost his mom to breast cancer. In an advance clip of tonight's show posted on Billboard.com , Andy reveals that he was working hard trying to make it as a musician when he got a phone call saying his mom had been diagnosed. Sadly, they caught the disease too late, and Andy says they "only had two or three days to say goodbye."
After she passed away, Andy says he tried to cheer himself up by writing song called "Keep Your Head Up," and that became his breakout hit.
"I was able to take this huge blowup in my life and the song that I wrote from it was what started my whole career," says Andy.
Courtesy ID PRMiley Cyrus’ new album has gotten the stamp of approval from an unlikely fan: John Mayer. The Grammy winner took to Twitter over the weekend to express his love of Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, the free album she released directly following her MTV VMA hosting gig.
He calls it “a masterwork of whack genius” and cites a couple of lyrics from the album’s track list. “I’m totally transfixed by this Miley Cyrus album,” he writes, adding, “This is why I love music. You can be one artist one year and the next discover some crazy light inside yourself and shine it everywhere.”
John continues to sing the album’s praises, writing, “This Miley album is amazing. You can’t try to make something like this. You just tap the vein and don’t question a single instinct.”
He quotes another one of her song’s lyrics before ending the series of tweets. “Okay. I’ll stop tweeting about it now. Comes down to this: This is a masterwork of whack genius,” he concludes.
Miley, who hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend, responded to one of his tweets, writing, "@JohnMayer dude f*** yeah!!!!"
Sara De Boer/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCJust because they didn’t work out as life partners doesn’t mean they can’t still be writing partners. Avril Lavigne and her estranged husband, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, continue to work on music together, despite their recent separation.
“YeeHaw! Writing with Chad today,” Avril wrote on Instagram Sunday, along with a photo of herself strumming a guitar while wearing a cowboy hat.
She then posted a photo of a smiling Chad, guitar in hand. “Back where it all started ...” she captioned it.
Avril announced the couple’s separation on Instagram last month, following two years of marriage. "Through not only the marriage, but the music as well, we've created many unforgettable moments,” she wrote. “We are still and forever will be, the best of friends, and will always care deeply for each other.”
A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaBack in August, Lady Gaga gave us major dinner party envy when she shared an evening with Barbra Streisand and John Travolta. Now, it turns out the three superstars might be co-starring in a remake of the musical Gypsy together.
“Well, yeah, I mean, Barbra’s wanting to do Gypsy for years, and she’s been developing it, and I think she always visualized Gaga as Louise and maybe me as Herbie,” Travolta tells Extra.
The 1959 musical -- which became a hit movie in 1962 starring Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood -- is about a relentless stage mother whose eldest daughter, Louise, eventually becomes a famous burlesque star under the name Gypsy Rose Lee. It's loosely based on the the real-life burlesque performer of the same name.
John also reveals to Extra that he was the one who initiated that epic dinner party. He happened to be working on the FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People Versus OJ Simpson on the same lot on which Gaga was working on American Horror Story: Hotel.
“I called Barbra and said, ‘Lady Gaga is next door on her American Horror Story… I met her, she's lovely, I really think you should meet her, she’s a visionary like you,’” John says. “So I set up a dinner, and [AHS: Hotel creator] Ryan Murphy came as well. And we just had a great time, exchanging ideas and feelings about life, and it went about six hours.”
Ray Mickshaw / FOXBruno Mars will be ringing in 2016 in Las Vegas this year. The singer is set to return to Sin City for a one-night-only New Year’s Eve performance at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
“Las Vegas, I’m coming! Let’s bring 2016 in together at the Cosmopolitan,” Bruno says in a statement. He previously performed a December 31 show at that same venue two years ago, for the inaugural performance at The Chelsea. Bruno later returned for several more appearances there in 2014.
For this year’s New Year’s Eve show, Bruno will be backed by his band, The Hooligans.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on Friday. You can purchase them online at CosmpolitanLasVegas.com and via Ticketmaster. Prices start at $150.
InterscopeAfter recently announcing via Instagram that she'll be hitting the road in support of her new album, Revival, Selena Gomez has now revealed all the details about the trek.
The Revival Tour will kick off May 6 in Las Vegas, and travel to 41 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 17 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. If' you're a Citi cardmember, or you've pre-ordered Selena's album from her online music store, you can grab tickets early, on October 13 starting at 9 a.m. via CitiPrivatePass.
In a statement, Selena says, "I am ready to get back on the road and see my fans in person! This album marks a new and very important chapter in my life. I cannot wait to get on stage and perform this new material.”
Revival is out October 9. Here are Selena's tour dates:
5/6 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay 5/8 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center 5/10 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena 5/11 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 5/13 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena 5/14 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena 5/16 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place 5/17 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome 5/19 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre 5/20 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre 5/22 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre 5/23 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens 5/25 -- Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre 5/26 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre 5/28 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 5/29 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun 6/1 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center 6/2 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center 6/4 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center 6/5 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena 6/7 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner 6/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena 6/10 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center 6/11 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena 6/14 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 6/15 -- Houston, TX,Toyota Center 6/17 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin 6/18 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 6/19 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center 6/21 -- Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena 6/22 -- Louisville, KY KFC Yum Center 6/24 -- Detroit, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills 6/25 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 6/26 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center 6/28 -- Minneapolis, MN, Xcel Energy Center 6/29 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest 7/1 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 7/2 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 7/5 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 7/6 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center 7/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
ABC/Rick Powell Last month, ABC ordered a pilot for a new comedy series called Ordinary People, that some assumed was a biographical look into John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's relationship. However, the singer has clarified that the sitcom pilot is "loosely" inspired by them.
In an interview with New York magazine, John speaks about the show, which is in the very early process of production, helmmed by black-ish creator Kenya Barris.
"They're developing a pitch around a couple that's loosely inspired by our lives. We would be producers and give some kind of story input, but then let them run with it," he says. "It wouldn't be directly biographical, it would be using our lives as a jumping-off point, and then creating a series with its own life. It's in the early development stages."
Legend adds that the show was his named after his hit 2009 single. "Kenya was always inspired by my song 'Ordinary People,' and said it meant a lot to his relationship. He knew that I had a production company and it was his idea to do something like this," Legend says of the show that's being dubbed a modern-day romantic comedy. "He's inspired by great romantic comedies of the past, but he wanted to do something new and fresh for a new era. "
With all the attention surrounding his life with Chrissy, Legend says it feels weird when some refer to them as a "couple of the moment." He says, "We plan to be together forever. We want to be a couple forever."
Dana Edelson/NBCMileyCyrus is taking her Dead Petz on the road.
After debuting her new album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, online for free following the MTV Video Music Awards in late August, the singer has announced a small club tour that'll see her visit six U.S. cities.
She'll be joined by The Flaming Lips, the rock band with which she collaborated on the album.
The tour launches November 19 in Chicago. She'll then visit Detroit, Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia and Boston through December 6.
Miley performed a pair of songs from the Dead Petz album, "Karen Don't Be Sad" and "The Twinkle Song," while serving as host and musical guest on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live over the weekend. The Flaming Lips joined her onstage for "Karen Don't Be Sad," the lot of them dressed in animal costumes.
Here's Miley's tour itinerary:
11/19 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre 11/21 -- Detroit, MI, The Fillmore 11/ 27 -- Washington, D.C., Echostage 11/ 28 -- New York, NY, Terminal 5 12/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory 12/6 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCBritneySpears and Kate Hudson partied together Saturday and it looks like they had a great time, judging by photos they shared on Instagram the next day.
"That moment when @britneyspears shows up to your game night and your all like #itsbritneybitch," Hudson, 36, captioned a shot of the two, both dressed in black and Kate sporting a black flat-brimmed hat.
Spears, 33, also posted a couple of pictures, including one captioned, "Two blondes... Too much fun. Loved hanging with you last night."
The photos don't mention where exactly the game night took place.
ABC/Randy HolmesTonight's Dancing with the Stars theme is "Most Memorable Year," which all the couples hitting the ballroom to songs that reflect an incredible or notable time of their lives. That's why both Andy Grammer and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter will be dancing to their own music tonight, but for different reasons.
Nick and his partner Sharna Burgess will dance to "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," the group's 1997 top five hit, whose monster-themed video features some iconic choreography. The song marked the moment when Backstreet really became well-known worldwide. Meanwhile, Andy and his partner Allison Holker will dance to his brand-new single "Good to Be Alive," since it just so happens that this year is the most memorable of his career, thanks to the success of "Honey, I'm Good."
"My new single 'Good to Be Alive,' is exactly the motto for my life right now," Andy tells ABC Radio. "It’s like, it just is good to be alive right now. So I couldn’t complain, even though there isn’t a lot of sleep, but there’s a lot going on."
Andy's lack of sleep is due to the fact that he's both rehearsing for Dancing with the Stars and touring at the same time. But he says he needs one to get over how lame the other makes him feel.
"It’s been nice to have these rehearsals suck horribly for, like, seven hours and then go on stage and have your...fans and have songs and be like, 'Oh, totally! This is what I do! I forgot about that!'” he laughs. "You know? Just for morale, it’s kind of nice."
Being on Dancing with the Stars is just one of the many opportunities Andy's had since "Honey, I'm Good" became the biggest hit of his career. He hints at more opportunities coming down the line, saying, "There’s like so much good stuff going on. It’s just really good to be alive. It just is."
Andy says even though "Good to Be Alive" was specifically inspired by his personal journey of working hard to break through in the music business and coming very close -- but not close enough -- for so many years, he feels the song is very relatable.
"I have had success before," he explains. "It’s just that I think everybody can feel that way. This feeling of like, 'Man I’ve been pushing for a really, really long time and I was waiting for like the big opening.' And I think a lot of people in their life have felt that in different ways."
"Good to Be Alive" will appear on a re-released version of Andy's album Magazines or Novels, which is coming out November 6.
NBC/Dana EdelsonIf you expected Miley Cyrus' season premiere hosting job for Saturday Night Live to reach the crazy heights of the job she did hosting the MTV VMAs, you would've been disappointed with this weekend's show. If you're a Taylor Swift fan, you would've been thrilled.
For the most part, Miley pretty much kept it clean and mostly -- if bizarrely -- clothed, made just one weed joke, and actually sang quite a bit. But she was, as one review put it, "wasted" in the fact that she was barely ever the focus of any single sketch, performing instead as part of an ensemble. She was also upstaged by guest star Hillary Rodham Clinton, and a funny takedown of Taylor's infamous "squad."
In the monologue, Miley sang a straight version of the classic "My Way" while paying tribute to pop culture figures and things who've dominated the headlines in the past six months, but whom, she said, we are never likely to hear from again. Among them: Josh Duggar, Subway's Jared Fogle, Kim Davis, Pizza Rat, the dentist who shot Cecil the Lion, the donut that Ariana Grande licked and Lenny Kravitz's "junk."
She also performed two songs from her current album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz: "Karen Don't Be Sad," which she sang with her friends The Flaming Lips, and "The Twinkle Song," which she performed solo at a piano decorated with photos of her actual "Dead Petz," including her dog Floyd.
One of the funniest sketches Miley took part in was The Millennials, a promo for a fake new show on Fox which focused on entitled twentysomethings, texting non-stop and trying to fit into the corporate world, with hilarious results.
Miley appeared for about thirty seconds in a sketch where Kate McKinnon portrayed Hillary Clinton, and Clinton herself played a bartender named Val, to whom McKinnon's Clinton poured out all her woes. While Clinton was clearly reading from a teleprompter, she was game, slamming Donald Trump, duetting with McKinnon on "Lean on Me," and criticizing her own initial reluctance to support gay marriage. She even stuck around to introduce one of Miley's musical performances.
The most-likely-to-go-viral sketch, though, was The Squad, a faux movie trailer which imagined Taylor Swift's ever-growing collection of beautiful and famous friends as evil overlords. Ady Bryant and Vanessa Bayer play two friends who get in a car crash and wake up to a post-apocalyptic, empty world where everyone has been assimilated into Taylor's squad, sort of like the Borg in Star Trek.
As they wander through the burning landscape, where the words "Shake It Off" and "1989" are spray painted on walls and cars, they encounter survivor Keenan Thompson, who says, "It started with famous people first...then it was the police, fire department...Matt LeBlanc." Taylor Swift "wanted to collect the whole world," says the voiceover. "Until there was no world…left…to collect."
When one character asks what Taylor's squad actually does, there are references to taco nights, lying side-by-side on American flag decorated beach towels and walking around for a few minutes onstage. "She's very generous with her friends," says Bryant's character.
Simon & SchusterThis week, Sara Bareilles officially becomes a published author. Her book of essays, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far)in Song, arrives Tuesday, and to celebrate, the singer is doing her first-ever book singing in New York City.
“NYC! So excited for my first ever book signing [at Barnes and Noble] on 5th Ave at 1pm next Tues!” Sara tweeted.
The book reveals the stories behind Sara's most popular songs, as well as her thoughts about making music that is both artistic and commercial.
Following her book signing, she’ll head over to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to perform and participate in a Q&A session with fellow musician Ben Folds.
In other Sara news, Theater Mania has confirmed that Tony award-winning actress Jessie Mueller will star in Sara’s Broadway musical adaptation of Waitress. Jessie played the lead role when the musical premiered in Cambridge, Massachusetts over the summer.
Waitress will officially begin previews at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 25, and open on April 24. Sara wrote the music and lyrics for the show. On November 6, she’ll be releasing an album of her own versions of the songs called What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress.
Eric McCandless/CBS While nobody has confirmed it, reports are that Adele will release her long-awaited new album on November 20, and that it'll be accompanied by a huge media blitz. Now, the music industry site HitsDailyDouble has a few more tidbits about the most anticipated release of the year.
In addition to the previously reported news that she'll have her own NBC special, plus shots on Saturday Night Live, the Today show and possibly The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the site adds that Adele is likely to appear at the Grammys on February 15. A huge campaign with Target also is likely.
HitsDailyDouble also says that Adele's album will be preceded by a single in early November. If the November 20 release date changes, it would move to December 3. That's because, as the site says, "Team Adele wants nothing to do with the s*** show that ensues on...November 27." That's Black Friday, and it's usually the biggest album release day of the entire year.
The site also claims that Adele has signed a new exclusive $50 million deal with her record label for three more albums -- the new one will be the final one on her current contract.
As for what will be on the album, HitsDailyDouble says that there are 23 tracks considered for inclusion, but nobody knows which ones made the final cut. Says the site, "Adele is said to be 100% in charge of and invested in all creative decision-making."
Finally, the site states as fact that because Adele's album is coming November 20, the release date of One Direction's album was moved to November 13. That means it's coming out on the same date as Justin Bieber's new album -- and that means teenage girls everywhere will have to start saving up now, or make a very difficult choice.
Mark Hunter Prom is not all it’s cracked up to be for the ladies of Little Mix in the new video for "Love Me Like You.”
Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall all get asked to the high school dance by the same dreamy guy. But they don’t realize they've been played until the end, when he stands them up for another girl.
As they lament over their ruined prom night, they sing, “Last night I lay in bed so blue/‘Cause I realized the truth, they can’t love me like you/I tried to find somebody new/Baby they ain’t got a clue, can’t love me like you.”
Little Mix’s video for “Black Magic” also took them back to high school, as a group of nerdy students who find a spell book and use it to make them popular.
"Love Me Like You,” which has a ‘50s doo-wop feel, is the latest single from the girls’ upcoming Get Weird album, out November 6.
Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/LP5/Getty Images for TASThis week at her St. Louis concert, Taylor Swift invited her old pal Nelly to the stage, where together they performed his 2002 hit, “Hot in Herre,” and his new song, “The Fix.” While the rapper's appearance may have surprised some, it actually marked the third time he’s joined Taylor on tour. Nelly gives Rolling Stone some insight into their unlikely friendship.
“She's like a little sister, man, she straight,” Nelly says. “I've been knowing her ever since she's been on. She calls me whenever, it don't matter, I'll knock it out for her.”
It helps that Taylor provides some sweet accommodations for her tour guests.
“And, you know, the girl's f*****’ loaded, she sends her own plane to come get you and s***, so it's not a biggie,” Nelly laughs. “It's a drop in the bucket for her, you know what I mean? It's a cool relationship. Before it's all said and done, man, she could possibly be top-five females of all time. As a matter of fact, I know she will.”
As for what a Taylor Swift private plane looks like, Nelly says, “It's a jet, man. She ain't got it all doily-ed up and nothing like that. It's better than the one I don't have.”
Like most of Taylor’s friends, Nelly has nothing but praise for the singer. “She's just a dope person,” he says. “She ain't got no ill wills or nothing like that…You rarely come across those type of people. It's kind of like, Taylor Swift and my granny. Who doesn't love both of those people?”