Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesAfter she was slammed on Twitter for her jazzy, sexed-up rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at this weekend's NBA All-Star Game, Fergie has now issued an apology.
"I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," the singer said in a statement obtained by ABC News.
"I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”
As previously reported, following her performance, fans took to Twitter to declare Fergie's unique arrangement of the anthem "the worst rendition ever." A few others, though, said that Roseanne Barr's intentionally poor and disrespectful 1990 version of the anthem -- during which she shrieked off-key and grabbed her crotch -- remains the worst.
Ironically, Roseanne herself bashed Fergie on Twitter, writing, "Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey."
Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesFergie's unconventional rendition of the national anthem at this weekend's NBA All-Star game had Twitter losing its mind -- in a bad way -- and Mariah Carey offering support.
Fergie performed a jazzy, sexed-up version of "The Star Spangled Banner," perhaps in a 35th anniversary tribute to the late, legendary Marvin Gaye, who did something similar at the All-Star game in 1983.
It's not that she didn't hit the notes, but the version was so odd and unexpected that many players and spectators -- including Jimmy Kimmel -- appeared to be trying not to laugh.
Viewers took to Twitter to call Fergie's performance the "worst rendition ever" of the anthem, among other things. "Sounded like she was trying to make love to the USA," snarked one user. Another wrote, "Sorry, but @Fergie, please don't EVER do the National Anthem again."
Another user wrote, "They gotta take a knee to protest this, man."
Leave it to Mariah to offer some sound advice, though. When TMZ asked her what Fergie should do about all the criticism, she suggested, "Dahling, nobody needs to listen to that!"
James Bay is out with the video to his new song "Wild Love," co-starring Natalia Dyer, who plays Nancy Wheeler in Stranger Things. A clip of the video premiered on ABC's Good Morning America Monday morning, before the full visual dropped.
The clip opens with a huge close-up of James' face and then pulls back to show him standing alone while purple butterflies flutter around him. Then, he's in a crowded club, where he locks eyes with Natalia and pushes his way through the crowd towards her. She comes towards him as well, mouthing the song's lyrics, while butterflies fly above them.
Then, both of them step up on what looks like a platform, which raises them above the crowd. As they stare at each other, the crowd disappears, and a thick cloud of butterflies surround them. But then, Natalia vanishes into the butterfly cloud, and James is left alone once again. No word on whether or not she crossed over into the Upside Down.
In a statement, James says, "It was such a pleasure to work with Natalia on the 'Wild Love' set. She's a lovely person, a huge talent and it was great hanging with her while making this video. I'm a massive Stranger Things fan so I tried everything in my power not to fanboy too hard.”
"Wild Love" is the first single from James' new album, which is out later this year.
Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope RecordsBlack Panther set records at the box office this holiday weekend, and now the movie's soundtrack, curated and executive-produced by Kendrick Lamar, is tops as well.
Black Panther: The Album has debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart, with 154,000 units sold. It's the biggest sales week for a soundtrack since August of 2016, when Suicide Squad: The Album debuted at #1 with 187,000 units.
In addition to songs by Kendrick, the 14-track Black Panther soundtrack features contributions from SZA, Khalid and The Weeknd, among others -- however, only three songs are actually heard in the movie. According to Billboard,Black Panther is the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to incorporate songs created specifically for it.
With the #1 debut of Black Panther, there are now three soundtracks in the top five on the Billboard 200: Black Panther at #1, The Greatest Showman at #3, and Fifty Shades Freed at #5. It's only the second time in 10 years that this has happened. The last time was in 2015, when Pitch Perfect 2 was #1, Fifty Shades of Grey was #3 and Furious 7 was #5.
Black Panther: The Album is the fifth #1 album for Top Dawg Entertainment, following three chart-toppers from Kendrick, plus Schoolboy Q'sOxymoron.
Black Panther is from Marvel and from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
Varela MediaJordin Sparks is getting ready for the arrival of her first child.
On Instagram over the weekend, she posted a photo of her niece kissing her very pregnant belly. The caption reads, "Little Bug can't wait to meet her cousin. We had a low key baby shower for Little man in AZ with family and friends this afternoon. It was beautiful."
She added, "I am so grateful for the support system I've had growing up and the roots that took hold to support us now. This journey is incredible. God is good."
Jordin announced in November that she was both married and expecting. She and her boyfriend Dana Isaiah secretly eloped while on vacation in Hawaii in July 2017. The couple learned they were pregnant in late August. They later confirmed they were expecting a boy, due this spring.
ABC/Randy HolmesAdd Imagine Dragons to the list of bands asking politicians not to use their music.
Apparently, the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual event attended by conservative activists and elected officials, had been using ID's song "Whatever It Takes" on its website.
When this was brought to the band's attention on Twitter, they replied, "Not cool," adding, "We are reaching out to get it taken down."
The song has since been removed from the site.
This isn't the first time a musician has taken issue with CPAC using their music. After he learned that one of his song's played at last year's conference, Andrew McMahontold the group to "take me off your playlist."
PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentIt hasn't even started yet, but Justin Timberlake's upcoming Man of the Woods tour could be one of this year's top-grossing treks.
Arthur Fogel, president of global touring for Live Nation, which is promoting the tour, tells Variety, "We’ve got 50 shows on sale in North America and 16 in Europe, and we’re over 700,000 tickets [sold] and $100 million gross."
He adds, "It’s pretty staggering. We’re into our third shows in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Toronto; We’re into double [shows] in probably a dozen markets. It’s huge.”
Justin's Man of the Woods album and its first two singles, "Filthy" and "Supplies," got mixed reviews, but experts tell Variety that has no bearing on fans' desire to go see him perform -- even at $150 per ticket.
And here are a few more reasons why Justin's tour should be successful:
--An executive at Justin's record company tells Variety that the album's third single, "Say Something," is shaping up to be a "mega hit."
--Variety also points out that Justin's audience now includes multiple generations, since he's been around since the late 1990s with 'N SYNC, and as a solo artist since 2002.
--Justin's been omnipresent on the radio, with "a top 10 hit or two every other year," as Variety puts it. Plus, one of his biggest career hits, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" -- which earned him a bunch of new, much younger fans -- just came out in 2016.
--It's been three long years since Justin's last big tour wrapped up, and it was one of the highest-grossing tours of the decade.
The Man of the Woods tour kicks off March 13 in Toronto.
Getty Images via ABCPeople magazine on Friday reported Olympic skater Adam Rippon, the first openly gay man on Team USA, brushed off criticism he's received for his political comments by telling a reporter, "Haters are just fans in denial." His comment inspired Britney Spears to declare herself on Team Adam.
"Hey @Adaripp.... I just wanted let you know that I am a fan, I am not in denial, and that you are THE MOST FUN!! Keep making us all smile at the #WinterOlympics and good luck today," she tweeted on Friday.
Fans were thrilled that Britney showed her support for Adam, with many fans responding with tweets proclaiming Britney to be "Queen of the Gays."
ABC/Rick RowellAdam Levine is reportedly a dad again.
The Maroon 5 frontman and his wife, Behati Prinsloo, have welcomed their second daughter, a source confirms to People. The mag reports the baby girl is named Geo Grace Levine.
The couple has yet to release an official statement.
Adam and Behati are already parents to 16-month-old Dusty Rose. The two announced they were expecting their second bundle of joy in September, and Adam later revealed to on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that they were expecting another little girl.
Republic RecordsJames Bay's upcoming video for "Wild Love" just got Stranger.
James' co-star in the clip is Natalia Dyer, who plays Nancy Wheeler, Mike's sister, in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. This is the first time James has ever had a female co-star in a video. A sneak peek of the video will air Monday on ABC's Good Morning America in the 8 a.m. hour, followed by the release of the full visual.
"Wild Love" is the first single from James' upcoming sophomore album. Tickets are now on sale for his upcoming intimate North American tour, which kicks off March 25 in Seattle, WA.
ABC/Paula LoboAhead of kicking off her tour in a couple of weeks, Demi Lovato is giving us a sneak peek of what she’ll sound like live.
The singer released an acoustic live version of her gospel-tinged track, “Tell Me You Love Me.” Backed by a piano and a couple of backup singers, Demi’s strong voice takes center stage. She slows down the song a bit and belts the emotional high notes with ease.
Demi is set to kick off her tour with special guest DJ Khaled in San Diego on February 26. Last month, she announced she’ll be teaming up with CAST Centers, the mental health treatment center she co-owns, to bring fans group “therapy sessions” ahead of each concert.
Christina Aguilera posted a series of sexy black-and-white Instagram photos of herself in a bubble bath -- and fans are shook.
In one shot, the 37-year-old leans back in the tub seductively, with bubbles covering her naked body. In the second, more risqué pic, she’s arching out of the tub with her hands covering her chest. In the third photo, she sits in the bubbly tub with her back to the camera while looking over her shoulder.
The only caption was a water drop emoji.
The photos prompted a series of supportive comments from fans, including lots of heart eyes emojis and exclamations of “Yas Queen!”
Disruptor Records / Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers have developed a taste for blood.
In the video for their brand-new track "You Owe Me," Drew Taggart and Alex Pall seem to be normal guys living in a mansion and busying themselves with household tasks like taking out the garbage, mopping floors, doing dishes, hanging pictures and cleaning counters.
They set up a big dining table full of candles just as a group of guests arrive, bearing gifts. That's when things start to get weird. Everyone gathers around the table and starts eating dinner as Drew's eyes turn black, Alex grows fangs and all of a sudden, it's a bloodbath. Drew and Alex start biting their guests' necks, vampire style, tearing them apart and eating them as blood spatters everywhere.
At the end of the video, the two blood-soaked guys are cleaning up the blood-spattered house and taking out garbage bags filled with body parts.
The song could be a criticism of how the press treats them. The first verse finds Drew singing about everything "the papers" don't report, and the bridge features the lines "Say it to my face if you meant it/Say it to my face, but you won't."
The chorus, meanwhile, goes, "You don't know me/Don't you think that I get lonely?/It gets dark inside my head/Check my pulse and if I'm dead you owe me."
This is The Chainsmokers' second single of 2018, following "Sick Boy."
ABC/Kelsey McNealG-Eazy isn’t taking it easy. After months of planning and hard work, the rapper kicked off his North American tour last night in Houston, and says a special guest might join him for a few shows on the trek: his girlfriend and “Him & I” duet partner, Halsey.
“As far as she goes, I wouldn't be surprised if she popped up at a place or two,” he told ABC Radio. “But we'll leave that to surprise.”
The 20-date trek comes in support of G-Eazy's latest album, The Beautiful & Damned. “I'm just excited to get back in front of the fans,” he tells ABC Radio. “It's been a while, so I'm excited to perform the new music.”
And while Halsey's appearance won't be a given, there's one thing that fans can definitely count on: G-Eazy will be focusing on his new music and its themes of duality.
“The album is a comment on celebrity and the lifestyle that sometimes comes with it,” he explains. “…How beautiful this life can be but also the dark side that comes with excess and overindulgence, and just trying to maintain a strong sense of self and identity and core in a kind of chaotic word.”
Tomorrow, G-Eazy's tour continues at the Pavilion at Irving Music Factory in Dallas, Texas.
ABC/Image Group LAKaty Perry may have caught the bouquet at a wedding over the weekend, but you probably won’t find her walking down the aisle any time soon. Judging by her reaction, she’ll likely be running away from it.
In a video posted to her Instagram on Valentine’s Day, Katy is seen at a wedding reception – rumored to be her brother David’s. As the bride tosses the bouquet, Katy catches it and then hilariously runs away with it as the person filming the video says, “Bye, Katy!”
Katy captioned the clip, “When you crave companionship but run from love when you get it.”
She included the hashtags, #happymadeupholidayofforcedlove, #ilovemyself and #iloveyoutoo.
Katy was previously married to Russell Brand, but they divorced in 2012. She's reportedly back together with Orlando Bloom, who she first began dating in 2016, after they split in 2017.
Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber is hitting the court for the 67th Annual NBA Celebrity All-Star Game Friday.
The singer will be playing for Team Lakers, going up against Team Clippers at the Verizon Up Arena at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
If you think the Canadian star only knows his way around a hockey rink, don’t forget that the Biebs was previously named MVP of the Celebrity All-Star basketball game in 2011 for scoring eight points, two rebounds and four assists.
Justin will be joined on Team Lakers by Michael B. Jordan, Nick Cannon and Property Brothers star Drew Scott. Team Clippers includes Jamie Foxx, Common and Orange Is the New Black’s Dascha Polanco.
The game airs at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Meanwhile, Justin spent Valentine’s Day with Selena Gomez. The two were photographed enjoying a dinner date at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel Wednesday, after attending a church service together.
Getty Images/Dave Hogan for One Love ManchesterThanks to her organizing last year's One Love Manchester charity concert, Ariana Grande has been named Hero of the Year at the NME Awards, given out annually by the British music publication NME.
Following the bombing outside her concert in Manchester, England last May that killed 23 people, Ariana showed her support for the city for staging the massive all-star concert, which featured everyone from Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Coldplay, to Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams and Niall Horan. It raised more than 10 million dollars for the British Red Cross.
According to NME, in a statement, Ariana said, "We really appreciate everyone who's voted tonight, but I’d like to dedicate this award to the real heroes -- the people of Manchester, the brave young men and women who stand together.”
The concert was also named Music Moment of the Year at the ceremony, which took place at London's O2 Academy Brixton Wednesday night.
Other NME Award winners last night include Lorde, for Best International Solo Artist; Charli XCX's song "Boys," for Best Track; and Lady Gaga's Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, for Best Music Film.
Greg WilliamsEver since Entertainment Tonight claimed that Ed Sheeran had been invited to perform at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, there's been much discussion concerning whether Ed's planning to cancel his scheduled show at Phoenix Park in Dublin on May 19 -- the day of the wedding. Well, it appears the answer is no.
As the The Irish Independent reports, a rep for Ed's record company, Warner Music, says the reports are "not true" and that "no one has asked" the singer to perform at the Royal Wedding. "There is no clash," added the rep, according to paper -- Ed will perform in Dublin as planned.
Of course, since the wedding is at noon, it's somewhat possible that Ed could, if asked, perform at the wedding and make it back to Dublin that night for the show. Stay tuned.
Matthew MurphyDuring his time on American Idol, David Cook sang a Broadway tune from Phantom of the Opera. Now, he'll be singing a lot of them, on Broadway.
Starting April 3, David will take over the role of Charlie Price in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, which features songs written by Cyndi Lauper. David posted a photo of himself in the traditional Kinky Boots pose: wearing a jacket and tie on top, then boxers and thigh-high, red sequined platform boots on the bottom.
In a statement, David says, 'I am honored I am going to be part of this show and get to work with so many amazing people. I love the collaborative aspect of theater, too, the idea of being part of a creative team and working it out in front of an audience each night.”
Based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Kinky Boots is about Charlie Price, who inherits a failing shoe factory from his dad. He forms an unlikely partnership with a drag queen named Lola and finds a new line of business in making and selling sexy boots for male drag performers.
During a portion of David's run in the show, Kristen Maldonado of Pentatonix will play his character's girlfriend, Lauren.
Here are David's tour dates:
In other David Cook news, his new EP Chromance is out tomorrow, February 16 via PledgeMusic.com and other digital retailers. He'll kick off a brief tour in support of the EP tonight in Nashville, TN.
Here are David's tour dates:
2/15 -- Nashville, TN, The Basement East 2/16 -- St Louis, MO, Del mar Hall 2/19 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage **Full Band Acoustic show 2/21 -- New Hope, PA, New Hope Winery **Full Band Acoustic show 2/22 -- New York, NY, (Le) Poisson Rouge 2/23 -- Washington DC, Pearl Street Warehouse 2/24 -- Leesburg, VA, Tally Ho Theatre