Sarah PiantadosiBack in 2013, before anyone really knew who he was, James Bay got to open for the Rolling Stones when they played London's Hyde Park. Now that James is kind of a big deal himself, he's once again opening for the legendary rock band.
Mick Jagger and the boys have tapped James to warm up the crowd at their show in London this June. He wrote on Twitter, "IS THIS FOR REAL? It’s an absolute honour to announce I’m supporting @RollingStones at London’s Twickenham Stadium on 19th June."
James is just one of a handful of well-known acts who'll be opening for the Stones on their upcoming U.K. tour. Others who'll be doing the honors include Florence the Machine, ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft, and British ska legends The Specials.
James kicks off a U.K. and European tour on May 29. He'll bring the tour to the U.S. in September, in support of his sophomore album, Electric Light.
ABC/Eric McCandlessAs Ada Vox works towards her dream of becoming the next American Idol, the drag queen had another dream come true today.
Ada got an endorsement from her idol RuPaul on Twitter. Ada, whose birth name is Adam Sanders, performs in drag on the show and caught the attention of rag icon Ru following her performance on last night’s Idol of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.”
“SHANTAY, you slay,” Ru tweeted under a photo of Ada, using the famous RuPaul’s Drag Race catchphrase. “XORU,” Ru signed the tweet.
Ada previously caught the attention of RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage. After Ada’s duet on “Defying Gravity” with Lea Michele last week, Visage tweeted, "My glam team and I want to give you the makeover of life for American Idol finals. YOU INSPIRE US ALL."
Ada responded, “Ummmm #Duh please and thank you... I just died a little inside...”
Ada has yet to respond to Ru’s tweet, but previously told TMZ that it would be amazing if she got a shoutout from RuPaul.
Rich Polk/Getty Images for Rolling StoneThe outpouring of grief that followed the news of Avicii's death has prompted his family to issue a statement thanking fans for their support.
Avicii, who was born Tim Bergling, died last Friday at age 28.
"We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother. We are so grateful for everyone who loved Tim's music and have precious memories of his songs," the family said in a statement provided to ABC Radio.
"Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world," the statement continues. "We are grateful for the privacy during this difficult time. Our wish is that it continues that way."
Following the EDM superstar's death, everyone from Madonna and The Chainsmokers to Charlie Puth and Adam Lambert took to Twitter to express their grief at his loss.
According to Variety, fellow EDM star Kygo paid tribute to Avicii at Coachella this past weekend by showing his image on video screens while the song "Without You" played. The screens also featured the message "Rest in peace. We will miss you."
Other acts who performed tributes to Avicii this past weekend during concerts included Nick Jonas and OneRepublic.
Bergling was found dead in his hotel room in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. The cause of death is not yet known, though the "Wake Me Up" artist had been in poor health for some time.
ABC NewsTen years ago, David Archuleta was the runner-up on American Idol season seven. Monday, he talked to ABC's Good Morning America about Sunday night's episode, where contestants sang for America's vote for the first time. Afterward, David told ABC Radio that when the viewers start voting, there's even more pressure.
"Just watching last night...you could feel the tension...it really affects them," David noted. He then laughed, "But I don't think you should hold that against them. ...[T]he first time I was live, I completely forgot the words to my song!"
David was most impressed by contestants Catie Turner and Gabby Barrett.
"[T]hey both really stand out," he said. "Catie... she's just so personable 'cause she has a unique personality and she can't help but be herself...it's just fun, it's refreshing."
As for Gabby, David said "she just has a full package, I think she connects, and you can see that she's just about to [blow up]."
David also praised judge Katy Perry, who told Catie to stop reading social media comments. David's own struggle with that, and the pressure he felt to please everybody, is one reason why he took two years off and went to Chile to serve as a missionary.
"I just needed...some one-on-one time," says David. "I need[ed] to remind myself what I think of myself and what God thinks of [me]." The experience helped inspire his current album, Postcards In the Sky.
"[It] that was beyond anything I can even describe, how much that was of value to my life, and to my career moving forward," he says of this two years away. "I realized I could say what I wanted to say and not just be told to just shut up and sing."
Live Nation EntertainmentJanet Jackson is taking fans on an escapade that will last through the summer. The superstar has announced a series of new tour dates which start July 11 in Austin, TX.
The new tour dates wrap up August 7 in Tampa, FL. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27 via LiveNation.com. Citi Cardmembers can grab them starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time.
In addition to these tour dates, Janet will also be doing headlining performances at the Essence Festival, Outside Lands, Panorama and FYF Festivals.
Here are Janet's new tour dates:
7/11 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amp 7/13 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheater 7/15 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 7/18 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater 7/20 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Stadium 7/26 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 7/29 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 8/1 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek 8/3 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 8/5 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena 8/7 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Dick Clark ProductionsCamila Cabello, Shawn Mendes and Dua Lipa have been announced as the first performers for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
The artists will be taking the stage on May 20 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. All three are no strangers to the Billboard charts: Together, the three have a combined six songs currently on the Billboard Hot 100.
This marks Shawn and Dua’s first time performing at the event. Camila returns after making her solo live debut on the show last year, with a performance of “I Have Questions” and “Crying in the Club.”
Camila is nominated for three awards this year, including Top Female Artist, Top New Artist and Top Collaboration for "Havana" featuring Young Thug. Shawn is up for Top Social Artist.
More performers are set to be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Kelly Clarkson, airs live on May 20 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Neal PrestonLady Gaga is making her movie debut in A Star Is Born, as an aspiring singer taken under the wing of a veteran star, played by Bradley Cooper. While Lady Gaga already had the singing part down, Cooper didn't -- and he was shocked when Gaga insisted that if he didn't learn, it would be a dealbreaker.
According to Billboard, Cooper -- who's also directed the film -- told an audience at New York's Tribeca Film Festival, "She said right from the beginning that this was going to be a bargain: [She told me] 'I’m gonna rely on you to get a performance that’s honest out of me...and I’m gonna make sure you turn into a musician, because we’re going to sing everything live.'"
Cooper continued, "I thought, wait, what? She said, 'I can’t stand when I watch movies when they have music and you can tell when it’s pre-recorded and people are lip-syncing.' And she’s right. So that was terrifying, but I really relied on her."
So Cooper took music lessons for 18 months so he could play guitar and sing like an actual rock star. He even filmed himself performing onstage at real-life music festivals like Glastonbury and Stagecoach.
"You can’t hide when you sing," he said. "To me, the best way to express love is through singing and music. I knew that if I could marry that in a way, that’d be special. Lady Gaga is just kind of a revelation."
Atlantic RecordsCharlie Puth and Kehlani have debuted the disco-themed video for their duet, “Done for Me.”
The two, dressed in their ‘70s disco best, sing in a variety of retro settings including a bed with satin sheets, a light-up dancefloor and mirrored room. As they sing about a lover who takes more than they give, they both get romantic with the same woman.
The video ends with a shot of Kehlani and the woman on the satin sheets bed, then cuts to Charlie sitting alone, looking dejected.
Kehlani, who's been open about her fluid sexuality, took to Twitter this weekend to clarify her sexuality.
“Cuz i keep geddin asked.. i’m queer. not bi, not straight,” she wrote. “i’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. does that answer your questions?”
Kehlani added, “And since we on that... i’m the LEAST attracted to straight men, y’all really adorable sometimes tho. bisexual men really are little gifts from god tho.”
She later deleted the tweets, writing, “I retracted my queer tweet because i am being corrected about the way in which i listed the gender spectrum and i’m super super sensitive to being offensive especially when i’m only trying to appreciate. point is, i love love, and that love lies in every gender there is.”
L-R: Michelle Williams, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child at Coachella 2018; Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CoachellaMichelle Williams said it took "months of rigorous rehearsal" to pull off the surprise reunion of Destiny's Child at Coachella.
The iconic girl group joined Beyoncé, the first black woman to headline the music festival, for the past two weekends in Indio, California.
The trio, which also includes R&B singer Kelly Rowland, performed their hits "Lose My Breath," "Say My Name" and "Soldier."
On Monday's Good Morning America, Williams said that the three pulled it off thanks to "a lot of rehearsal."
"The last rehearsal, we were acting like little girls again," the singer recalled.
"You just get up there and have a lot of fun."
Williams said Beyoncé "was just brilliantly involved in every decision."
"I saw her a part of everything. She'd be in rehearsal in one room, then she'd run over [to look at costumes] in another room," Michelle added.
She also said the three plan to reunite again when she gets married to pastor Chad Johnson, who proposed to Williams March 21 at a resort in Pebble Beach, California after a year of dating.
Williams said she "was so shocked" at the engagement: "I was crying so loud that people were turning around going back to their rooms."
"Kelly wants to throw my bachelorette party," Williams spilled, adding her mother called dibs on her bridal shower.
Williams noted that her now-fiancé even "flew to Chicago, Illinois, and drove to Rockford, my hometown, and met with everybody special to me. It just showed me that he listens."
Her father had one warning for his future son-in-law, though.
"My dad told him, 'If you hurt my daughter, sir, this is what's going to happen,'" Williams said, laughing and pounding her first.
Michael Tran/FilmMagicAvril Lavigne made her first red carpet appearance in two years this weekend and dropped some more hints about her much-anticipated sixth album.
At the 25th annual Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles, Avril told E! News that her album will be completed next month and is set for release later this year.
"It's a really powerful record," she said. "I've been working on this for three years. I can actually say this time I'm going to be done with this album in two weeks and I will put it out this year."
Avril added that the songs are “true and honest and sincere” and that she thinks people will really relate to it.
"I've gone through a lot of personal stuff in the past two years and so I've really drawn from that,” Avril said. “I mean, I always do but this album is so different...I am producing, too, the songs. It's more of a vocal record and just like, hearing the lyrics and really hearing the emotion in the vocal. It's very piano-driven, too."
The singer, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015, first announced she was working on a new album in December 2016. Fans have been clamoring for it ever since.
"I know my fans have been like waiting for a long time and some of them are unhappy. They're like, 'OK, what is going on with this album?'" Avril said. "But trust me, I'm doing everything I can and I just want it to be ready and everything to be perfect and lot of like, care has gone into this. All the waiting and the hard work on my end will pay off, I promise."
ABC/Eric McCandlessOn Sunday's episode of American idol, the top 14 contestants performed solo, and for the first time this season, America has a hand in placing at least a portion of the contenders through to the next round.
Voting opened during Sunday’s show and closes Monday at 9 a.m. ET. Viewers were instructed to vote online, in the American Idol app or via text, where they could vote 10 times per contestant, per method. The top six will move on based on America’s vote. The remaining eight artists will perform once more on Monday, with judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan deciding which four will be added to the top 10.
Here are Sunday’s highlights:
Caleb Lee Hutchinson kicked things off, singing and picking banjo on “Midnight Train to Memphis," by The Steeldrivers. Katy was “blown away” by the performance, praising his growth, while also noting that she sensed some nerves. However, Luke but wasn’t crazy about the song choice and Lionel wanted to see more of Caleb’s personality.
Michelle Sussett followed, performing a high energy version of the current hit “FRIENDS,” by Marshmello and Anne-Marie. Luke declared that Michelle “became a pop star tonight,” and Lionel agreed, noting the Venezuela native “owned” the song and gave us “attitude.” However, Katy wasn’t impressed with the song choice, recommending that Michelle needs to play to TV viewers, not just studio audience.
Marcio Donaldson took his turn on the stage, singing Barry Manilow’s “It’s a Miracle.” Lionel praised the “old school” choice, but thought Donaldson’s confidence was getting “a little out of control.” Katy agreed, telling the artist to stop thinking about the results and just sing. Luke commended the singer for showing America “a whole ‘nother element” of his talent.
Mara Justine, 16, performed “This Is Me,” from the film The Greatest Showman, but failed to sell it to the judges. Katy acknowledged Mara came a long way as far as owning the stage, but didn’t rise vocally until the middle of the song. Luke agreed, suggesting she completely “emotionally invested” in the performance, while adding that he knew she had it in her.
Garrett Jacobs covered a former Idol winner, Phillip Phillips’ “Raging Fire.” Luke judged the performance dynamic, but pitchy, though Garrett was the first artist of the night in his opinion to look comfortable on stage. Lionel advised Jacobs to ignore the voice in his head and “stay in character.”
Drag queen Ada Vox blew the judges away with a take on Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” "You came here tonight to stop the show,” exclaimed Lionel, to which Perry added, “not only did you stop the show, you finally started it, Queen.“ Luke said Ada had the biggest voice he ever heard.
Catie Turner, who revealed in her pre-performance package that she has plenty of fans -- and a fair amount of haters as well -- tackled Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” Afterwards, Katy and Luke urged Catie to ignore her critics, insisting she could win the competition.
Cade Foehner showed the judges and America he had the moves -- as well as the vocal and guitar chops -- with his performance of Santana’s “Black Magic Woman.” Luke said Cade delivered the big vocal experience they’ve come to expect, while proving that he didn’t need it to wow the audience. Lionel called Foehner "the package.”
Dennis Lorenzo followed with “In My Blood,” by Shawn Mendes. Katy found it “a little shaky” at the start, but he eventually made her a believer. Luke praised Dennis for showing so many sides of himself with each of his performances.
Maddie Poppe switched the mood with her dreamy version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound.” Katy said Maddie had “Incredible musical taste.” Lionel stressed that music isn’t “a business of singers,” but rather “a business of stylists,” adding that Poppe presented herself on every song. He went on to say that Maddie could “possibly be a winner on American Idol.”
Jurnee brought the judges to their feet, singing and rapping her way through “Bang Bang,” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. Luke and Lionel praised Jurnee for “bringing it,” and Katy was impressed with her growth as a performer, as well as a singer.
Next, Jonny Brenns covered Panic! At the Disco’s “This Is Gospel.” The judges agreed his vocals needed more work, but applauded him for always “having fun.”
The always unpredictable Michael J. Woodard delivered his spin on “Titanium,” by David Guetta, featuring Sia. He drew a standing ovation from the judges, including Katy, who told the 20-year-old, “After the show is finished, I’m going to Coachella with Sia…and…I will tell her, ‘I met a star today that sang your song incredibly.’”
Country singer Gabby Barrett closed out the show with her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” Luke dubbed it his favorite performance of the night. Katy joked that Gabby “went through the ‘starwash,’" adding Gabby looked and sounded “like a gosh darn star.” Lionel called it a “magical moment," declaring, "we’re watching the beginning to that phrase, ‘A star is born.’”
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CoachellaRumors started flying Friday night that Ariana Grande would make a surprise appearance at the Coachella Festival that same night, and whaddya know...she did.
Ariana's manager Scooter Brauntweeted Friday night around 10 p.m., "Hey @ArianaGrande ... what are u are you doing tonight???" followed by a cactus emoji, indicating that she was heading to the desert. Around 11 p.m., he then tweeted, "On the way the Coachella stage! Let’s see who is there?????"
Then, someone tweeted a video of Ariana and her boyfriend Mac Miller in a helicopter, seemingly en route to the festival.
Warner Bros. RecordsAnne-Marie is known for her hit collaborations, like “Friends” with Marshmello and “Rockabye” with Sean Paul and Clean Bandit. Now, she’s got a new song of her own, called “2002.”
She co-wrote the tune with her longtime friend Ed Sheeran, and the two jam-packed it with references to pops songs from the early 2000s.
“Oops I got 99 problems singing bye, bye, bye/Hold up, if you wanna go and take a ride with me/Better hit me, baby, one more time," she sings in the chorus. "Paint a picture for you and me/Of the days when we were young/Singing at the top of both our lungs."
She quotes lyrics from Britney Spears’ “Oops I Did It Again” and “Baby One More Time,” as well as ‘NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye,” JAY-Z’s “99 Problems,” and Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me.”
“2002” will be featured on Anne-Marie’s forthcoming debut full-length album, Speak Your Mind, due out April 27.
Denise TruscelloCan they still call themselves boys? The Backstreet Boys celebrate their 25th anniversary today.
“On April 20th, 1993 we became the Backstreet Boys,” the band tweeted. “If you would have told us that 25 years later we would still be making music together, we would have never believed you.”
They added, “Thank you #BSBArmy Who’s ready for another 25 years?”
Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, and Kevin Richardson are currently playing shows in Dubai before heading back to Las Vegas for more of their Larger Than Life residency shows in the summer. They're also working on a new album.
The Backstreet Boys are the top-selling boy band in history, with 130 million records sold worldwide.
Meanwhile, rival boy band *NSYNC celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album last month.
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MasterCardStars took to Twitter on Friday to mourn EDM star Avicii, born Tim Bergling, who died in Muscat, Oman at the age of 28. He'd been in failing health for several years and had retired from live performances in 2016. Just this week, he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for his 2017 EP Av?ci (01).
Avicii was best known for his global smash "Wake Me Up," featuring vocals by Aloe Blacc, who was introduced to the deejay through Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park. Then, Aloe told ABC Radio in 2013, "Avicii called me up and said, 'Hey I'm over at Mike Einziger's house -- from Incubus -- would you like to write a song? So I headed down and we went to the studio and wrote 'Wake Me Up' and we did it in, like, four hours."
Explaining the song's appeal, Aloe said, "I feel like the lyrics are very nostalgic...if you're older, it makes you feel like back when you were maybe prepubescent or middle school. If you're young, it makes you feel like it's time for you to break out of your shell and and live life. So I think it just hits everybody in their own interpretive way."
In a statement, Aloe says, "My heartfelt condolences to Tim’s family and close friends. I can’t express how deeply sad I am. Meeting him changed my life. He was an amazingly talented person and it hurts so bad that he’s gone.”
Here are some of the reactions:
Madonna, who worked with Avicii on her album Rebel Heart, posted a photo of herself with the DJ on Twitter and wrote, "So Sad....... So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. Gone too Soon."
The Chainsmokers posted a video of Avicii playing his smash "Levels" to a packed audience, and wrote, "A day where we lost a hero of ours, an inspiration and friend. There will never ever be another like him and for that reason we cry and will never forget. We posted this video cause it is a reminder of what this brilliant amazing guy did for all of us. And now he is gone."
Charlie Puthwrote, "Wow, I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the man who really opened my eyes as to what my productions could one day sound like. @Avicii was a genius and a music innovator, and I can not believe he is no longer with us. RIP to the very best."
Liam Payne: "Oh my god truly devastated for Avicii very very sad news way to[o] young ... what a talent he was. rest in peace x."
Dua Lipa: "Such sad news to hear about Avicii passing. Too young and way too soon. My condolences go out to his family, friends and fans x."
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons: "devastated at the news of @Avicii passing. working with him was one of my favorite collaborative moments. far too young. the world was a happier and fuller place with his presence and art. sending all my love to his friends and family. Xxdr."
Fellow EDM superstar Calvin Harris: "Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Tim x"
Fellow EDM superstar Deadmau5: "my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends, fans and families of @Avicii :( Banter aside, nobody can deny what he has accomplished and done for modern dance music and im very proud of him."
Marshmello: "At a loss for words...Rest easy brother."
Adam Lambert, who worked with Avicii and CHIC frontman Nile Rodgers on the DJ's 2013 song "Lay Me Down:" "RIP Tim. You were a brilliant composer and a gentle spirit. Fond memories of creating music w @Avicii and @nilerodgers."
Nile Rodgers: "#RIPAVICII Dear Tim your family have my most heartfelt condolences. You were my little bro. Love always."
Rich Polk/Getty Images for Rolling StoneAvicii, the hitmaking EDM star born Tim Bergling, has died. He was 28 years old. Avicii was best known for his global hits "Wake Me Up," "Hey Brother" and "Levels."
In a statement to ABC Radio, his rep says, "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given."
He'd been in bad health for some time. He suffered from acute pancreatitis, and in 2014, had his appendix and gallbladder removed. In 2016, he retired from live performances due to his health, but wrote in a message to fans last year, "The end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense –- the studio. The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new."
A two-time Grammy nominee, Bergling was the first DJ to headline New York's Radio City Music Hall. In addition to his own hits, he also did production work and remixes for the likes of Madonna, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz and David Guetta.
PRNewsfoto/Epic Rights*NSYNC is set to reunite May 1 to get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and to celebrate, they're opening up a "Dirty Pop-Up" shop in Hollywood next weekend.
The shop will be the first place you can buy the group's new official merchandise capsule collection, but it'll also display props, wardrobe, artwork and photography from boy band's 20-year career.
According to the band's website, visitors will also be able to "immerse themselves in fun, engaging photo activations that pay homage to iconic visuals from the group's career." We think that means you'll be able to take lots of pics and videos for your socials of yourself posing like you're one of the puppets on the cover of No Strings Attached.
If you can't make it to the shop, located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd., the merchandise will be made available in *NSYNC's official online store April 30.
The shop will be open on the following days:
Saturday, April 28 -- noon to 8pm Sunday, April 29 -- noon to 8pm Monday, April 30 -- 4pm to 9pm Tuesday, May 1 -- noon to 8pm
Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift is featured on "Babe," the new track from superstar country duo Sugarland, which is available now.
Taylor co-wrote the song with Train frontman Pat Monahan, and offered it to Sugarland this past fall, following the announcement that the duo were reuniting for their first album in six years.
The breakup tune chides a cheating lover for ruining a relationship, as Jennifer and Taylor sing, "We said no one else/How could you do this, babe?/You really blew this, babe/We ain't getting through this one, babe/This is the last time I'll ever call you, babe."
"We’ve never put someone else’s song on a Sugarland record, but we were immediately interested in ‘Babe’ the first time we heard it!” Jennifer Nettles says in a statement. "This one really felt like it belonged so we saved it for the final afternoon of our recording session; a special time for us.”
Sugarland member Kristian Bush adds, "The biggest compliment was when [Taylor] heard our take on the track and emailed us to say she wanted to be a part of it!”
Jennifer adds that the collaboration is "the perfect combination of mutual admiration for each other and mutual admiration for great songs," noting, "As artists, we really see the world through a similar lens.”
Bigger, Sugarland's first album in six years, is due June 8.