Brian Bowen Smith/NBC; Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Sabra SalsaIf you've been wondering what Joe Pesci has been up to, the answer is simple: He's been recording music with Adam Levine.
That's what Us Weeklysources claim. Apparently, Pesci and the Maroon 5 frontman have been friends for years, after meeting at a charity golf event, and the 72-year-old Goodfellas actor is "really focused on music right now," one insider says.
"They kicked around some songs and recorded some stuff together," another source adds.
Whether these recordings will see the light of day remains to be seen. "It was just a thing they did while having fun!" the second source says.
Levine, 36, and Pesci reportedly have quite the bromance. They play golf together, and Pesci has attended Maroon 5 shows and visited the set of Levine's reality show, The Voice, according to Us Weekly. Pesci's also a singer -- really -- and has recorded and released albums and songs in the past.
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesJustinBieber's not happy about nude photos of him that have been turning up on various media outlets, and he's decided to take action.
Lawyers for the 21-year-old "What Do You Mean" singer have fired off a cease-and-desist letter to New York's Daily News, which published the nude photos Wednesday showing the pop star on vacation in Bora Bora. Bieber's legal representatives are calling on the paper to remove the pics from its site or else face a lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The letter, obtained by the entertainment industry trade publication, was sent shortly after the photos were published, demanding compliance within 12 hours of receipt.
"We recently became informed that your company has obtained and is distributing unauthorized photographs of our Client including images showing him without clothing," reads the letter.
Bieber's legal team states the publication of the photos represents a violation of the singer's publicity and privacy rights and, according to the letter, infringe on the singer's trademarks.
Zoey Grossman for Billboard MagazineSelena Gomez's long-awaited new album Revival arrives today, and she says the album makes a strong statement about taking control of her life. "I feel like I'm in charge of everything," she says.
In a video interview posted on Billboard.com, Selena explains that what Revival represents for her is "almost like a metamorphosis." She adds, "I feel like I'm coming into my own and I've been through stuff, and I think that it's been able to test me as a person, and I feel like I'm in charge of everything."
Among the "stuff" Selena's gone through: being diagnosed with lupus and undergoing chemo treatments, splitting with her record label, replacing her mom as her manager, having her love life played out in every tabloid magazine around the world, and being body shamed. She says the experience of living through that informed the concept of the record.
"By all means, I don't have anything figured out, but Revival and the idea of 'revival' is figuring out, through all the hurdles that life is going to ...give you, or basically, if the world comes at you with its worst, you just have to come back at it with your best," she explains. "I think that's what this album represents. This is my perspective on where I am."
While she feels more confident and in charge than ever, Selena says she still found it helpful to get feedback from friends and family about her new music, which definitely shows her sexier side. One particular friend's opinion, she says, is key.
"My friends hear everything, for sure. But it's also good for me to have, you know, have Taylor [Swift] listen to my stuff," she tells Billboard. "And then I'll have my girlfriends back home and my cousin listen to stuff. And that's kind of equally as important to me."
Why? Selena explains, "I have such respect for people who totally understand it" -- like Taylor -- "but then I also know that there are things that my cousin's gonna hear that I didn't hear. And I like that."
Selena will kick off her Revival tour next spring.
Randy Holmes/ABCMen: Wanna date Katy Perry? Take it easy with the hair removal. In an interview with Glamour magazine, the singer says she prefers a particular level of manscaping.
"If your teeth and nails are good, you’re a candidate,” she tells the magazine about the way she likes her men to be groomed. "If you can’t clean under your nails and you want to touch me, forget it. And personally, the less hair, the better. I like a trimmed man, but not completely waxed.”
When it comes to her own looks, Katy tells Glamour that she loves to have fun with crazy hair colors and makeup looks, but she admits she’s not always the glamorous person you see on stage.
"I’m Katy Perry onstage. At home I’m Katheryn Hudson,” she says, referring to her birth name. “I’ve created this cartoon look when performing, but offstage I don’t always have three hours to put it together. That’s when I’m just about lashes, shaping my brows and more natural skin.”
When it comes to her hair, though, she prefers to forgo her natural look. "I’m naturally the most boring dishwater squirrel brown,” she says. “So I’ve been playing with colors since I was 15. I loved the grunge green, and shocking blue was fun. Colored hair is such a huge accessory that you don’t even need to add extra stuff."
So now that we know how Katy likes to look, but how does she like to smell? She says her new fragrance, Mad Potion, is based on her favorite scents.
“With Mad Potion, the two main ingredients are exotic vanillas and androgynous musks,” she says. “It’s definitely a sweeter perfume. I like to be edible. I want somebody to…eat me."
Image Courtesy of AstralwerksHalsey channels her inner Katniss Everdeen in her "New Americana" video, which is fitting, since the song has become a rallying cry for adolescent rebellion. In a behind-the-scenes video for "New Americana," which you can watch now at Noisey.com, Halsey explains the message she's trying to convey in the song.
"The whole idea of 'New Americana' is a new generation that's not afraid of anything," she says in the clip. "It's this idea of everyone's your ally."
On the chorus to "New Americana," Halsey sings, "We are the New Americana/High on legal marijuana/Raised on Biggie and Nirvana," but that line doesn't define the song's entire meaning.
"It's not about smoking weed and listening to rap music or grunge music," laughs Halsey. "It's about this idea of a new culture that has the opportunity to take counter-culture and turn it into something bigger."
"New Americana" is a single from Halsey's debut album, Badlands, which is out now.
RCA Records Before their album comes out tomorrow, R. City is treating us to a brand new track. The duo premiered “Save My Soul” on Billboard on Thursday.
Brothers Theron and Timothy Thomas get brutally honest on the track, over the sound of a twanging guitar. It opens with the lyrics, “I’m feeling like I could kill a man/I’m feeling like I don’t give a damn/But I mean could you blame me?/Oh, maybe I’m just going crazy.”
The chorus is a plea for salvation. “Save my soul/Save my soul/When I lose my mind and I lose control/Save my soul,” they sing.
“'Save My Soul' is our ghetto gospel, our conversation with God,” the brothers tell Billboard.
The song, along with R. City's current hit “Locked Away,” will be featured on their debut album, What Dreams Are Made Of.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot When Pope Francis was visiting America last month, Madonna gave him a shoutout at one of her shows. Will she be giving him a formal invite to one of her concerts next? Although her Rebel Heart tour contains some potentially controversial religious references -- pole dancing nuns, to be exact -- Madonna tells Rolling Stone she thinks the pope would enjoy her show.
“I do, actually, because at the end of the day, the message of my show is about love, and that's his message,” she says.
Of course, Madonna’s had a long and contentious history with the Catholic Church. She was raised Catholic, but claims to have been excommunicated three times for various indiscretions. During her Blond Ambition Tour, the pope at the time tried to ban her show in Rome. But Madonna says Pope Francis seems different.
“I'll state the obvious and say that he seems like he's a much more open-minded individual, who seems to be moving outside of the dogma of the Catholic Church that has been set in stone since the days of Constantine,” she says. “So I think it's good.”
She adds, “And I also believe that he's the kind of Pope you could sit down and have a cup of tea with, and/or that you could make a joke about something and he would laugh about it.”
Suzanne Tenner/FX NetworksIt seems a lot of people wanted to check into Lady Gaga’s hotel. The singer’s TV acting debut on American Horror Story: Hotel Wednesday night premiered to big ratings for FX, according to Variety.
The show ranked as the night’s number two program among 18-49-year-olds, behind Fox’s Empire. According to same-night numbers released Thursday by Nielsen, the premiere averaged about 3.8 million viewers in that age group and 5.81 million viewers overall.
Those numbers are down a bit from last year’s American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere, but video-on-demand and DVR playback numbers haven’t even been included yet.
John Paul Filo/CBSBruno Mars is trying his hand at TV producing. According to Deadline, the singer is teaming up with Empire producer Brian Glazer to develop a music family comedy series for NBC.
The show will reportedly follow a loud, dysfunctional Bronx family and how they must adjust when they take in their innocent, optimistic 10-year-old nephew. While the series is not based on Bruno’s life, it will include elements of his background. It’s not yet clear how the musical aspect will be worked into the show.
NBC has given the show a put pilot commitment so far, which means the network has agreed to air the pilot either as a special or as part of a series.
Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" spent most of the summer riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and now, its accompany visual has reached an impressive milestone.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the rapper has became the first and only rapper with a music video to reach one billion views on YouTube, it only took six months for the video to do so. He now joins an elite list of entertainers with videos crossing the billion-view threshold: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, whose video for "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J has 1.1 billion views.
The Charlie Puth-assisted song is lifted from the Furious 7 soundtrack and film.
Here's the full list of music videos achieving more than one billion views:
1. PSY -- "Gangnam Style" 2,426,500,822 2. Justin Bieber -- "Baby" 1,219,883,321 3. Taylor Swift -- "Blank Space" 1,188,147,147 4. Katy Perry -- "Dark Horse" 1,121,919,001 5. Katy Perry -- "Roar" 1,085,316,510 6. Taylor Swift -- "Shake It Off" 1,073,453,852 7. Enrique Iglesias -- "Bailando" 1,070,883,424 8. Meghan Trainor -- "All About That Bass" 1,046,823,436 9. Mark Ronson --"Uptown Funk" 1,045,536,246 10. Wiz Khalifa -- "See You Again" 1,004,350,672
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCIt seems Britney Spears was a hit with the cast of The CW’s Jane the Virgin. The show’s star Gina Rodriguez tells HuffPost Live what it was like working with the pop star.
"She is so incredible,” Gina says. “You can tell she just wanted to be there. 'Cause she was light, and love and giving, and it's a great episode. It's so good."
She says Britney got to show off her sense of humor in the role, and held her own with the other actors. "I mean, you can tell she's got comedy chops. Like nobody's business," Gina says.
The two even got to dance together in one scene. "I won't even tell you why or in what capacity … I'm just a better person because of it," Gina says.
On Monday, Gina posted a goofy selfie of her and Brit, and says she still can’t stop looking at it. "I swear I go back to that freaking picture so often 'cause I'm like, ‘This happened!'" she says.
Britney will be guest starring on an episode of season two as the “nemesis” of Rogelio de la Vega, who plays Jane’s biological father on the show. Jane the Virgin’s second season premieres October 12 at 9 p.m. on The CW.
ABC/Ida Mae Astute Could this be the song that gets Demi Lovato a Grammy nomination? The singer recently told Complex that “Stone Cold,” off her soon-to-be-released album Confident, is the song she most wants the Grammy committee to hear -- and now we know why.
Demi's released a video of her singing the soulful tune live in the studio, and it shows off both her vocal range and emotional depth. The piano-driven ballad is about trying to be happy for your former significant other, even after they’ve moved on with someone new.
"I want the Grammy committee to hear it so that one day they can see that I know that I'm capable of getting there. I just want people to see it finally," she told Complex of “Stone Cold.” “When I say getting there, I don't mean winning one. I just want to be nominated for one."
She added, “This is a song that I feel like is worthy of notification."
Michael Thompson for GQTaylor Swift’s first-ever cover with GQ magazine has been revealed. The singer sports a sultry look on the November issue, posing in front of the ocean with tousled beach hair and a slinky tank dress worn over a black bikini.
Writer Chuck Klosterman interviewed Taylor for the cover story. He writes, “If you don’t take Swift seriously, you don’t take contemporary music seriously...There’s simply no antecedent for this kind of career: a cross-genre, youth-oriented, critically acclaimed colossus based entirely on the intuitive songwriting merits of a single female artist.”
During the wide-ranging interview, Taylor reportedly dodged paparazzi and at one point took a surprise phone call from a person as famous as she is.
The GQ issue featuring Taylor on the cover comes out next week.
Roy Nachum/Roc NationRihanna found a cool way to unveil the title of her the eighth album, Anti. During a private showing at MAMA gallery in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night, she was captured revealing the name and show-stopping artwork for her long-awaited project.
For the red-and-white cover, the singer selected a childhood photo from her first day of daycare, which was modified by artist Roy Nachum. A young Rih poses with a gold crown covering her eyes, which she says conveys "exactly the message" she wanted.
"I fell in love with it because I felt like there was another spirit, another layer to the art," Rihanna told the crowd. "We talked about what I wanted visually and what would make me the happiest girl in the world and this is my favorite album cover I’ve ever done."
After dropping the curtain, Rihanna also revealed her artwork includes a poem written in Braille by Chloe Mitchell. "The whole idea behind the Braille is people who have sight are sometimes the people who are blindest and it's really good to go a little deeper," said Ri as her fans cheered.
Also on Instagram, Rihanna broke down the meaning of the word "anti", along with a message that reads: "In her collaboration with Roy Nachum, Rihanna has changed the history of album art. By continuing to follow her own instincts, her work strives to make an impact by doing the very antithesis of what the public expects."
While she's already completed the album, Rihanna remains mum on the official release date. Her upcoming effort, executive produced by Kanye West, will include her singles "FourFiveSeconds," "American Oxygen," and "B**** Better Have My Money."
ABC/Fred LeeWhile many people assume that One Direction is over and done with, the group is still out there every night thrilling fans on their On the Road Again tour, which is currently visiting arenas in Europe for multiple nights -- after touring stadiums in the U.S. and other parts of the world. "We are just shocked...[at] how great the crowds are," says Louis Tomlinson.
The fact that 1D, currently readying their fifth album for release next month, can continue to draw such huge crowds on the road is something that even the band themselves finds hard to comprehend. "We still can’t believe...and I say it on stage every night, but not a lot of artists get to play stadiums. So we’re still shocked that a year and a half later we’re still playing stadiums," Niall Horan tells ABC Radio.
"We are just shocked that every show that we go to, the standard is so high of how great the crowds are and that’s been the same on this tour," adds Louis. "It’s been great."
Of course, playing in the world's largest arenas and stadiums offers an interesting challenge for any music act: namely, how do you reach the people in the nosebleed seats and make them feel part of the show?
"I mean it’s hard usually, but you do find a lot of the time you have a moment with a specific person in the audience," Liam Payne tells ABC Radio. "I always find that you kind of pick a person out as you move along the stage and they’re kind of the people you play to, but, you know, we always try and reference the back."
The "Drag Me Down" hitmakers will release their new disc, Made in the A.M., on November 13. Their last official tour date is Halloween in Sheffield, England, but then they'll come back to America for some holiday shows.
David Becker/Getty Images for Animal Rescue FoundationIf you’ve been wondering what season five American Idol winner Taylor Hicks has been up to, we’ve got news for you. The grey-haired singer is currently finishing up his new album, which is set for a 2016 release.
To gear up for his return to the spotlight, Taylor will be performing the national anthem at next Thursday's game five of the Major League Baseball Division Series Playoffs between the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros. This Thursday, he’ll be performing at a Nashville Predators hockey game.
Following his American Idol win in 2006, he’s had several stints on Broadway -- including a role as Teen Angel in Grease -- and became the first Idol winner to secure a long-term residency in Las Vegas in 2012. His last album, The Distance, came out in 2009.
Image Group LA/ABCEarlier this year, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj clashed on Twitter after Taylor thought that Nicki had taken a shot at her personally when Nicki complained about not being nominated for an MTV VMA. Taylor says that mess inspired her to change her behavior.
Speaking to Britain's NME, Taylor explains, "I don't want to talk about it. But I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone's management, I get their number and I text them. It's an important lesson for anyone to learn in 2015."
Taylor also talks with NME about finally becoming friends with Kanye West and putting their MTV VMA infamous 2009 incident behind them, when Kayne took the stage and interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech.
"Me and Kanye are on such good terms now, six years later," says Swift. "It took a while." Taylor says Kanye's actually gotten to the point where he admits his mistakes. Case in point: his railing against the Grammys this past year when alt-rocker Beck, and not Beyonce, won Album of the Year.
"I was at dinner with Kanye a week after the Grammys," Taylor reveals. "He stops what he's saying and he goes, ‘What is this song? I need to listen to this every day.’ I said, ‘It's Beck, it's on an album called Morning Phase, I think you've heard of it…’ We just burst out laughing. And he says, ‘Hey, sometimes I'm wrong.’"
Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Peter YangJustinBieber might want to watch his back. Champion MMA fighter Ronda Rousey has a bone to pick with the singer, and you don’t want to be on this woman’s bad side. She tells Cosmopolitan she’s no longer a Belieber because Justin was rude to her little sister.
Ronda says she and her 16-year-old sister, Julia, were at the Cannes Film Festival this year when they spotted Justin taking some photos.
“My little sister is really hard to impress and we really didn’t care about anybody that was at the Cannes Film Festival, but I wanted to spend some time with her,” she recounts. “Justin Bieber was over there taking pictures with some ladies and she suddenly got really excited. She was like, ‘Do you think he would wanna take a picture with me?’”
Ronda says she assured her sister that Justin would be willing. But when she approached the pop star and asked if he would take a photo with Julia, instead of nicely obliging, Justin allegedly told her, “I’ve already taken a billion pictures today, OK? A billion.”
Before she could plead with him any further, he walked away and left her sister on the verge of tears.
“Yeah, I don’t think I’d wanna hang out with him,” Ronda says. “I’m not a Belieber. I was, but not anymore.”
Ronda is currently UFC's undefeated bantamweight champion. Wonder who'd win that fight?
Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesSelenaGomez has overcome a lot in recent years, but she says her time is now -- and she's earned it.
She addresses her personal life, and criticism she's received from the public, in an interview with Billboard. As an example of one challenge she's faced, she discusses her battle with lupus.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," the 23-year-old pop star says. Regarding false rumors about her 2014 "break," she adds, “I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a*******.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
More recently, Selena says she was affected by negative comments from body shamers. "I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight," she notes. "That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying. When somebody else has your self-esteem in their hands ...”
She tells Billboard the "hate" motivates her: "I'm so f***ing nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was seven. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story."
Selena can still count on her good friends, like Taylor Swift, whom she says makes her feel empowered and helps her trust others. "All of those girls are so dope. We ran around taking pictures, changing dresses, dancing -- super-cliche girly stuff, but it rocked. The way she cares about women is so adamant. It’s pulling me out of my shell," she says of Taylor and her squad.
When asked if she's inspired by her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber turning over a new leaf, she replied, "No. This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."
Billboard's cover story regarding Selena will be released Thursday. Her new album, Revival, drops the next day.
Fashion Rocks 2014; Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Three Lions EntertainmentJustinBieber bared it all in Bora Bora Tuesday.
The 21-year-old "What Do You Mean" singer was spotted going for a swim in the buff while vacationing with his rumored girlfriend, British model Jayde Pierce, 20. She was photographed on the same deck, but was more modest, wearing a terrycloth robe, according to the New York Daily News.
This isn't the first time the Bieb has let it all hang out. Back in July he posted a nude photo of himself to Instagram, also in Bora Bora, but quickly removed it.
Justin and Jayde have been sharing pictures of the island on Instagram over the past few days to show off the island's scenery. However, they haven't shared pictures featuring each other on their public social media sites.
The couple, whose relationship status has not been confirmed, were last seen together hiking at Los Angeles' Runyon Park back in May.