Drake won't take stage for Music's Biggest Night after all. Following a Grammy commercial during the Super Bowl that mentioned Drizzy, the rapper confirms that he's not performing at this year’s Grammys.
“I am not performing at the Grammy Awards...but hey it's the thought that counts,” tweeted the rapper, who many assumed would appear alongside Rihanna for their duet "Work."
The ad also mentions other artists who have not been announced as performers including Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj, Lionel Richie, Ariana Grande and more. However, all of the aforementioned acts are said to be making make appearances, just not necessarily give performances.
Meanwhile, Adele, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Robin Thicke, Andra Day, Gary Clark Jr., Pitbull, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, are confirmed to perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15.
RCA RecordsLooks like Zayn Malik's headed in the right direction with his solo career. The former One Direction member has snagged a #1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his first solo single, "Pillowtalk."
No artist has entered the chart at #1 with a debut single since 2013, when Bauuer did it with "Harlem Shake" -- remember that one? Zayn also is the first U.K. artist ever to debut at #1 with a first charted single, and he's only the 25th person in history overall to enter the chart at #1.
But perhaps most satisfying, Zayn has managed to do something 1D never did: top the U.S. charts. While his former band reached the top 10 a number of times, they never hit #1 on the Hot 100.
Billboard also points out that if you count The Beatles as a boy band, Zayn is the first former member of a charting boy band to hit #1 with his debut solo single since the late Beatle George Harrison did it in 1970.
Elsewhere on the chart, Drake debuts at #6 with a new single, "Summer Sixteen," which was an Apple Music exclusive. Meanwhile, he's up to #7 with "Work," his collabo with Rihanna. G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha's "Me, Myself & I" has just hit #10, while DNCE's "Cake by the Ocean" and Charlie Puth's "One Call Away" both reach new heights: #14 and #17, respectively.
ABC/Phil McCarten Seems like Nick Jonas’ “unbelievable connection” with Kate Hudson is still going strong. According to New York Post’s Page Six, the two were spotted getting cozy at DirecTV’s Super Bowl event on Saturday.
They were reportedly hanging together in the party’s VIP section at San Francisco’s Pier 70. A source says they were “whispering in one another’s ear[s] the whole time” and eventually left the event together.
Last Thursday, the two were spied hitting a New York City club together. Nick and Kate have been linked since September, but neither has confirmed that they’ve hooked up. Nick did tell Complex magazine in a recent cover story: “We had an unbelievable connection as two humans who just admire things about each other, and see something in each other that’s beautiful.”
There were also rumors last week that Nick was dating Phil Collins’ daughter, actress Lily Collins.
Spike TVWhile Christina Aguilera prides herself on always singing live, she made an exception in this case. The singer is set to make a cameo appearance on Lip Sync Battle this week.
On Thursday’s episode of the Spike show, actress Hayden Panettiere mouths along to “Lady Marmalade” in Xtina’s full Moulin Rouge-inspired getup from the 2001 music video. A new preview clip shows Christina joining her on stage just in time to lip sync her own part of the song.
Last month, Beyonce made a similar surprise appearance during Channing Tatum’s lip sync rendition of "Run the World (Girls).”
ABC/Fred LeeSia will be joining James Corden in the passenger seat next week for a new edition of The Late Late Show’s “Carpool Karaoke.” The singer will appear -- likely in one of her signature face-covering wigs -- on the popular sing-along segment Monday, February 15.
Sia's“Carpool” appearance follows Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who hit the road with James last week, and Elton John, whose segment aired following Super Bowl 50 Sunday night. It’ll be hard to top Adele’s “Carpool Karaoke,” though. Her clip is currently The Late Late Show’s most popular video on YouTube with more than 66 million views.
Sia’s seventh studio album, This Is Acting, was released January 29. It debuted at number four on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
According to the IFPI, the award reflects an artist’s worldwide popularity across physical formats, downloads and streams. Adele’s album 25 sold more than 15 million copies worldwide last year since its November release. Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, the album has now sold eight million copies in the U.S. alone, becoming only the sixth album to do so since 2001.
IFPI chief executive Frances Moore calls Adele's achievements "simply phenomenal."
Coming in second place on the IFPI’s top ten list is Ed Sheeran, while Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and One Direction round out the top five. Super Bowl halftime performer Coldplay comes in at number six, followed by Maroon 5, Sam Smith, Drake and The Weeknd.
One Direction was the number one act for 2013, and Taylor took the top spot in 2014.
Everyone is still talking about Beyonce's Super Bowl 50 halftime performance on Sunday, alongside Coldplay and Bruno Mars. Shortly after delivering the show, Queen Bey told Entertainment Tonight how proud she feels about her anthem, “Formation,” which she performed live for the first time at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
“It makes me proud. It’s what I wanted. I wanted people to feel proud, have love for themselves,” Bey says the Mike WiLL Made-It production.
An excited Beyonce also revealed how she felt about the performance. “It felt great,” she said backstage, adding, “The best part was seeing Coldplay, for me ’cause I was able to watch from the back and really enjoy it.”
Meanwhile, her stylist, Marni Senofonte, spilled that the singer's wardrobe was and an homage to Michael Jackson. and her dancers' wardrobe a the nod to black history, specifically the women of the Black Panther Party.
"When Michael Jackson performed at Super Bowl on January 31, 1993, he wore a jacket and harness. Beyoncé wanted to pay homage to Michael. She has always said he is her biggest music influence and Michael’s halftime performance marked a change in global interest for the halftime show." she said in an interview with Essence, adding that Beyonce also wanted to "honor the beauty of strong black women and celebrate the unity that fuels their power," with her dancers' look.
In related news, Queen Bey will continue her bring “Formation” to a stadium near you on her upcoming world tour, which kicks off April 27 in Miami.
After entering at #27, the long-awaited disc has now jumped to the top of the chart. That's the biggest leap to the top for an album since 2008, when Radiohead's In Rainbows shot to #1 from #156.
"#ANTI is the number 1 album on the Billboard #Hot200 chart!!! That damn Navy!!! Thank you for your love," Rihanna tweeted. Her most recent #1 album had been 2012's Unapologetic.
Elsewhere on the chart, Sia's new album, This Is Acting, debuts at #4. It's her second top-five album, following 2014's 1000 Forms of Fear. In at #6 is Charlie Puth's debut, Nine Track Mind. The album so far has produced three hits: "See You Again," "One Call Away" and "Marvin Gaye."
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLast week, Kelly Clarkson teased a secret new project she's working on, but didn't give any details. She's now posted a couple of additional clues about the project, which apparently involves her daughter, River Rose.
Saturday, Kelly posted #Clue2, in which she wrote "Someone special is helping me with my #NewProject." That was illustrated with a photo of a director's chair with the name "River Rose" embroidered on the back.
Then Sunday, Kelly "We couldn’t afford a @SuperBowl commercial, but here’s #Clue3." That tweet came with a 15-second video that announced, "She's coming....the DIVA has arrived." The video showed River sitting on a dressing room table wearing a bathrobe, giggling."
Kelly's initial clue was a video that asked, "What's magical, fun and an escape for everyone?"
It's still anybody's guess what Kelly's project is. Stay tuned.
It's hard to believe that Kanye West still hasn't decided on an official title for his forthcoming album, but it seems he's narrowing it down.
After declaring last week that his album was titled Waves -- after earlier announcing it'd be titled Swish -- Kanye now hints there might be a completely different name for the project, which he intends to keep under wraps. "There may be a new secret album title," he tweeted Sunday night.
Kanye has been struggling with a title for a while now. Even his wife, Kim Kardashian, recently posted a Twitter poll to see if the set should be named Swish, Waves or its initial title, So Help Me God.
West has until Wednesday, February 10 to decide on a title for his seventh studio set, which is due out February 11.
Earlier this month, Kanye described the project as "one of the greatest albums" that was being made "out of respect" for the greats. "So many musicians touch my life and made me who I am," he wrote. "I want to make something great to honor my idols…"
ABC/Randy HolmesElle King picked up her own ring over Super Bowl weekend -- the "Ex's and Oh's" singer announced Saturday that she's engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Fergie.
"Fergie asked me to marry him on a sailboat under the Golden Gate Bridge. I said yes," wrote King on her Instagram alongside a photo of the newly betrothed couple in front of the San Fransisco landmark.
King also posted a photo of herself and her new fiance on the red carpet of a Rolling Stone pre-Super Bowl party, where she later performed.
Photo by Royce DeGrie/Getty ImagesTurns out, smelling like Taylor Swift may not be all that appealing. According to Fortune, sales for Taylor’s fragrance line kinda stink.
The singer currently has four perfumes on the market: Incredible Things, Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted and Taylor by Taylor Swift. But it’s not just her sales that have dipped. Beauty company Elizabeth Arden, the manufacturer of Taylor’s line, says all of their celebrity perfume lines aren’t doing so well. The drop in celebrity fragrance sales last quarter contributed to a 3.6 percent decline in the company’s revenue. The company also reported a 17 percent drop in sales last year.
Aside from Taylor, Elizabeth Arden manufactures scents for Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
Times sure have changed: back in 2013, Taylor won the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award at the Fragrance Foundation Awards, which are considered the Oscars of the perfume industry. But don't worry about T-Swift: she'll have the income from her new clothing line and upcoming mobile game to make up for it.
Kevin Winter/WireImageShe’s up for seven Grammys this year, so it’s no surprise Taylor Swift will also perform at this year’s show.
“It's true! @taylorswift13 will return to the GRAMMY stage for a performance at the 58th #GRAMMYs,” the official Grammy Twitter announced Sunday night. USA Today further reports Taylor will be the opening act, and will sing an as-yet unknown song from her Album of the Year-nominated 1989, marking the first time she’s performed the song live on TV.
Taylor’s addition means the Grammys will feature live performances from arguably the two biggest pop stars on the planet right now: her, and Adele. The latter, who’s won ten Grammys, was announced as a performer a few weeks ago, and will sing a track from her monster hit album, 25.
The 58th annual Grammy Awards will take place Monday, February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will air live on CBS. LL Cool J will host.
Matt Cowan/Getty ImagesColdplay offered a flashback performance during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show Sunday night at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, dipping deep into their catalog while also paying homage to past performers who've graced the big stage at the big game -- with the help of Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.
Chris Martin and company teased their first hit, "Yellow," before launching into "Viva La Vida." Martin commanded a psychedelic stage while the fans in the seats held up yellow, blue and orange signs.
Martin said, "Wherever you are, we are in this together," before seguing into the sing-along "Oooooh" part of the song.
His band -- which was joined by the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles -- followed up with "Paradise," as the audience surrounding the stage waved their arms.
Chris shed his jacket with blue patches for a more recent tune, "Adventure Of A Lifetime," jumping up and down and singing "Woohoo" repeatedly.
Coldplay gave way to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, who delivered their smash hit "Uptown Funk." Bruno wore a shiny black outfit with sunglasses, plus large chains dangling from his neck.
A marching band led into Beyoncé, who performed her just-released song "Formation." She and Bruno then had a bit of a dance-off before she and Martin joined in on "Uptown Funk," with a sample of Bey's "Crazy In Love" mixed in.
Coldplay returned with "Clocks" and "Fix You," as viewers saw a montage of highlights of past Super Bowl halftime performances from the likes of Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Stevie Wonder and others. Martin even worked in lyrics of songs by these artists, including Prince's "Purple Rain" and Bruno's "Just The Way You Are."
Martin, Beyoncé and Bruno all sang Coldplay's "Up&Up" to close things out. In the stands, fans held up placards that spelled out, "Believe In Love."
A new Beyoncé tour was announced immediately after her appearance in the halftime show.
Chapman BaehlerThey've been huge stars in Scandinavia and Europe since 2012, but now Lukas Graham -- the Danish band fronted by the singer of the same name -- is breaking out big in the U.S. with their hit "7 Years." Lukas says it's odd starting over from scratch in the U.S. as a new artist when he and the band are already established in other parts of the world.
"I feel like, the Americans, they’re stepping into the middle of a book," Lukas tells ABC Radio. "I can hear it by the questions being asked by interviewers. It’s as if I need to explain the first two books." He laughs, "It’s like, you step halfway into Lord of the Rings, you don’t know what’s going on!"
"But at the same time it’s also a new start," he notes. "['7 Years'] is the first song on our upcoming album so everybody gets to follow us from now on, I guess."
The band will release their worldwide debut album, also called Lukas Graham, on March 25. As for why Lukas decided to name the band after himself, instead of some random name or phrase, he tells ABC Radio, "Well, the songs were there before the band was there and it’s my songs. And it’s like, we’re not in the 1950’s. We can’t call ourselves, like, 'The Revolvers' -- it just doesn’t work that way. And 'The Lukas Graham Band' just sounded wrong."
He adds, "My name is Lukas Forchhammer [forkammer]. Graham was my father’s second name, so I took Graham because Lukas Graham sounded cool. And when you [type] 'Lukas Graham' on Google, nobody else was called it."
In addition to clarifying that Lukas Graham is actually a band and not just one guy, Lukas wants to point out that he doesn't agree with people who compare "7 Years" to Ed Sheeran's music.
"I don’t mind Ed Sheeran but I wouldn’t want to be compared to a guy that builds his song around a guitar, since we do not have a guitar in our band," he points out. "Great songs, but no thank you. We’re somethin' different!"
Lukas Graham's worldwide debut album will include several songs that have already been #1 hits in Denmark.
Al Pereira/WireImageThe Super Bowl halftime show normally features the biggest names in music, who are often veteran performers. This year's headliners, Coldplay, aren't on the level of past headliners like The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, but they're a bit more seasoned than the headliners from the last two years: Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.
Coldplay, who just released a new album, A Head Full of Dreams, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. They will take the stage with some help from past headliner Beyonce and, rumor has it, Bruno Mars, who headlined in 2014. Special guests have also been teased for the 12 minute performance.
It's more than been ten years since Janet Jackson's notorious "wardrobe malfunction" scandal of 2004 led the NFL to turn to "safe" classic rock acts. In addition to the Stones and Springsteen, we saw Paul McCartney, The Who and Tom Petty take the stage over the past decade. Contemporary pop returned to the scene in 2011, when the Black Eyed Peas took the stage; no wardrobe malfunctions ensued.
The NFL took a risk in 2012 with one of pop music's most controversial stars, Madonna, but the only controversy that emerged from that was courtesy of one of her invited guests, M.I.A., who flipped the bird during the performance. In 2013, Beyonce delivered a widely-acclaimed performance, though some felt her outfit and her gyrations were a bit racy.
Early in her career, Katy Perry had been a bit controversial due to her #1 hit "I Kissed a Girl," and for her cleavage-baring outfits, but last year, her spectacular headlining show went off without controversy, to great critical acclaim and record viewership.
But believe it or not, the trend of having major pop, rock and country music stars appear at the Super Bowl halftime show only dates back to 1991, when New Kids on the Block performed. Before that, the halftime show usually consisted of marching bands, older stars like Chubby Checker and Ella Fitzgerald, or the G-rated vocal troupe Up with People. That's because initially, the halftime show was designed to entertain the audience in the stands, not those viewing at home. As the New York Times puts it, "It was decades before the N.F.L. realized that the halftime show plays not to the stadium but to the camera."
But after '91, it was all stars, all the time, especially in 1993, when Michael Jackson, the reigning King of Pop, sang "Heal the World" with thousands of children. Writes the Times, "It was one template for the Super Bowl shows that eventually followed: a superstar, big hits, a cast of thousands and graphics for blimps to photograph from above."
Here's a reminder of who's played Super Bowl halftime shows in the modern era:
1991 -- New Kids on the Block 1992 -- Gloria Estefan 1993 -- Michael Jackson, performing with 3,500 children 1994 -- Country stars Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna, and Naomi Judd 1995 -- Patti Labelle, Miami Sound Machine & Tony Bennett 1996 -- Diana Ross 1997 -- ZZ Top, James Brown, the Blues Brothers featuring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi 1998 -- Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, the Temptations, Queen Latifah 1999 -- Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 2000 -- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton 2001 -- Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige 2002 -- U2 2003 -- Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting 2004 -- Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Kid Rock, P. Diddy 2005 -- Paul McCartney 2006 -- The Rolling Stones 2007 -- Prince 2008 -- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 2009 -- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 2010 -- The Who 2011 -- Black Eyed Peas 2012 -- Madonna 2013 -- Beyonce (and Destiny's Child, briefly) 2014 -- Bruno Mars feat. Red Hot Chili Peppers 2015 -- Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz & Missy Elliott 2016 -- Coldplay, Beyonce and guests
Isaac Brekken/Getty ImagesA day before she's scheduled to join Coldplay during halftime of the Super Bowl, Beyonce has dropped a surprise single and video, "Formation."
The song itself takes its title from one lyric where Beyonce commands her girls to dance -- "OK, ladies, now, let's get in formation" -- but it's also about the "formation" of Beyonce as a person. The lyrics refer to her current superstardom, as well as her cultural upbringing and her family, and her daughter Blue Ivy appears in the video.
"Y'all haters corny with that illuminati mess/Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh/I'm so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress (stylin’)/ I’m so possessive so I rock his Roc necklaces," Beyonce sings. That last part, of course, is a reference to her husband Jay Z. She also makes reference to her success, saying, "I may just be a black Bill Gates in the making," and "Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper."
Elsewhere, she sings about her parents: "My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana/You mix that negro with that Creole, make a Texas 'Bama/I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils/Earned all this money but they never take the country out me/I got hot sauce in my bag, swag."
The video, on the other hand, is quite politically-charged. It was partially filmed in New Orleans, with oblique references to Hurricane Katrina and slavery, and straightforward references to Martin Luther King Jr., and police violence: one shot features a wall with graffiti that says, "Stop shooting us."
If you love the song and its message, Beyonce has released a "Formation" collection of apparently on her website, featuring lyrics from the song like "Hot Sauce," "I twirl on them haters," "Slay" and "You know you that b***h when you cause all of this conversation."
We're not sure there'll be a special tie-in with this, but Bey also namechecks a certain restaurant chain hilariously in the song when she says, "When he f**k me good, I take his a** to Red Lobster, cause I slay."
George Rose/Getty ImagesThis Sunday, Lady Gaga will take the stage to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. She'll be the first bona fide pop superstar to sing the anthem since 2013, when Alicia Keys did it.
The last two anthems were sung by Tony-winning Broadway star and actress Idina Menzel, and opera legend Renee Fleming. Prior to that, we had six years of female pop divas taking the mic, including Alicia, Christina Aguilera, and four American Idol alums: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood.
The last time a male performer sang the anthem was in 2007, at Super Bowl 41, when Billy Joel did the honors. By the way, Billy is one of only two artists ever to have done it twice. In addition to Super Bowl 41, he also sang the anthem at Super Bowl 23 back in 1989. The other artist who's done it twice is Aaron Neville, in 1990 and in 2006.
The very first real, chart-certified pop star to sing the anthem at the Super Bowl was Diana Ross, in 1982. Prior to that, the anthem was performed by marching bands, instrumentalists, choirs, country star Charley Pride and a bunch of middle-of-the-road female singers and actresses, including former Charlie's AngelCheryl Ladd. The first male pop singer to do the honors was Barry Manilow in 1984.
Most cite Whitney Houston's performance of the national anthem in 1991 as one of the best Super Bowl anthem performances ever. Her performance made a big impact, not just because she sang so well, but because it came during the Gulf War. Her rendition was so popular it was released as a single, was included on her greatest hits album, and was re-released to capture the patriotic spirit after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
For a historical perspective, here's a list of everyone who's ever performed or sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl:
1 -- Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands (1967) 2 -- Grambling University Band (1968) 3 -- Anita Bryant (1969) 4 -- Al Hirt (trumpeter) (1970) 5 -- Tommy Loy (trumpeter) (1971) 6 -- U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale (1972) 7 -- Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) (1973) 8 -- Charley Pride (1974) 9 -- Grambling University Band (1975) 10 -- Tom Sullivan (1976) 11 -- Vicki Carr (sang "America the Beautiful") (1977) 12 -- Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University (1978) 13 -- The Colgate Thirteen (1979) 14 -- Cheryl Ladd (1980) 15 -- Helen O'Connell (1981) 16 -- Diana Ross (1982) 17 -- Leslie Easterbrook (1983) 18 -- Barry Manilow (1984) 19 -- Children's Choir of San Francisco (1985) 20 -- Wynton Marsalis (1986) 21 -- Neil Diamond (1987) 22 -- Herb Alpert (1988) 23 -- Billy Joel (1989) 24 -- Aaron Neville (1990) 25 -- Whitney Houston (1991) 26 -- Harry Connick Jr. (1992) 27 -- Garth Brooks (1993) 28 -- Natalie Cole (1994) 29 -- Kathie Lee Gifford (1995) 30 -- Vanessa Williams (1996) 31 -- Luther Vandross (1997) 32 -- Jewel (1998) 33 -- Cher (1999) 34 -- Faith Hill (2000) 35 -- Backstreet Boys; “America the Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles (2001) 36 -- Mariah Carey (2002) 37 -- Dixie Chicks (2003) 38 -- Beyoncé Knowles (2004) 39 -- Combined Choirs of the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets (2005) 40 -- Aaron Neville with Dr. John and Aretha Franklin (2006) 41 -- Billy Joel (2007) 42 -- Jordin Sparks (2008) 43 -- Jennifer Hudson (2009) 44 -- Carrie Underwood (2010) 45 -- Christina Aguilera (2011) 46 -- Kelly Clarkson (2012) 47 -- Alicia Keys (2013) 48 -- Renee Fleming (2014) 49 -- Idina Menzel (2015) 50 -- Lady Gaga (2016)