Kevin Mazur/WireImageArianaGrande and Nicki Minaj have been added to the performance lineup for this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.
The two will perform "Side to Side," a track on Ariana's latest album, DangerousWoman.
Previously announced performers include Britney Spears with G-Eazy, Nick Jonas with Ty Dolla $ign, Future, and Video Vanguard honoree Rihanna.
MTV on Wednesday also announced several musical acts that will serve as presenters during the broadcast: Alicia Keys, Fifth Harmony, Tove Lo, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Rita Ora. Kim Kardashian West and Jaden Smith are among the other celebrities set to present.
The VMAs will not have a host this year. Instead, various entertainers have been enlisted to cover the show. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will offer play-by-play commentary as the characters @TheShamester and @LizardSheeple. DJ Khaled, recent Saturday Night Live star JayPharoah and comedienne Nicole Byer will also take part in the coverage.
The VMAs will air from Madison Square Garden in New York this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Getty Images via ABCAriana Grande is the latest pop music star to be sued for alleged copyright infringement. The 23-year-old singer is facing a lawsuit from songwriter Alex Greggs, who claims that Grande's 2015 single "One Last Time" rips off the 2012 Skye Stevens single "Takes All Night," which he wrote.
In legal documents obtained by E! News, Greggs states that he holds the copyright for "Takes All Night," and that the similarities between the chorus and the lyrics of the two tracks are "so striking that it is highly likely the works were not created independently of one another."
According to the lawsuit, "Although the rhythm of the two compositions may differ to accommodate the prosody of the lyrics, there is substantial similarity on the most important rhythmic placement of the pitches on strong melodic and harmonic beats..." in addition to "the use of the lyric statement 'take(s) [or taking] you home' as the final lyric statement..."
Greggs is seeking damages of $150,000 per infringement. Other defendants named in the lawsuit include David Guetta,who co-wrote "One Last Time," producers Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk, Universal Music Group and Republic Records.
Earlier this month, Ed Sheeran was accused in a lawsuit filed by the heirs of Marvin Gaye's co-writer of ripping off Gaye's "Let's Get It On" for his 2014 hit, "Thinking Out Loud."
And just this week, Demi Lovato was slapped with a lawsuit from indie band Sleigh Bells for alleged copyright infringement for her song "Stars," which is a bonus track on her 2015 album, Confident.
The cable network has ordered a new TV movie based on a celebrity. This time, it's Britney Spears.
Lifetime announced Wednesday that production will begin next month in Vancouver on a two-hour biopic with the working title Britney.
Scheduled to premiere sometime in 2017, Britney will focus on the ups and downs of the singer's life and career. Lifetime hints that the movie will touch upon her relationship with JustinTimberlake, her marriage to Kevin Federline, and the personal struggles that led to her being placed under a conservatorship eight years ago.
Lifetime has confirmed to ABC Radio that the pop star will be played by Australian actress Natasha Bassett, whose credits include the TV series Camp and Rake, as well as the 2016 Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!
Britney currently headlines her own show in Las Vegas and will release a new album, Glory, on Friday.
Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Fight NightJenniferLopez and her boyfriend Casper Smart reportedly have broken up. A source tells People that the two are no longer dating, and "they have not been together for a few weeks."
The source explains, "It wasn't anything dramatic and they were on good terms -- it just came to a natural end." The insider added, "They will remain friends and they see each other, but they are not together. It was very amiable."
The couple was photographed recently at Lopez's birthday party on July 24 in Las Vegas. Smart was also at J-Lo's Caesars Palace show on August 13 along with Lopez's ex-husband, Marc Anthony, and his girlfriend, Shannon de Lima.
RCA RecordsBritneySpears' new album Glory is getting great reviews, and the singer says one reason it came out so well is because one of her mantras while making it was, "Dare to Suck."
Speaking to BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday, Britney said of Glory, "It's my best work, I feel like, so far. I really took the time to work with really, really great people. It was a gift. It was an amazing gift."
Part of that gift, Britney says, was the opportunity to be fearless and try different things in the studio, even if they didn't turn out very well.
"It's a very creative thing to get in and to write with people and just see what you come up with," she told BBC Radio 1. She laughed, "You kind of have to dare to suck, and be very humble at times and be like, 'OK, that was really, really bad.' But it's fun. The whole process is really fun."
Two of Britney's main collaborators were Justin Tranter and Julia Michaels. Justin's written hits for Fall Out Boy, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, DNCE and many more. Julia's written for Selena, Nick, Justin, Fifth Harmony, Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato and others. But Britney dismissed the notion that she could work with anyone she wants to, just because she's Britney Spears.
"People are busy. We all have lives and it's kind of hard," Britney said of setting up collaborations. "You wouldn't believe...a lot of the people in the entertainment business, if you try to work with them or set up projects, a lot of times people don't show up. A lot of people are divas!"
Britney added that she could tell BBC Radio "thousands of stories, but I'm not really allowed to give out their information and what they did so, you know how THAT goes."
Glory arrives in stores on Friday. On Sunday, she'll debut her latest hit "Make Me..." on the MTV Video Music Awards.
BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesThe once-private estate owned by Prince, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will become open to the public beginning October 6. Last week, news that the estate would turn into a museum surfaced, and it's now been confirmed by both Prince's surviving family and the trust company overseeing his estate, Bremer Trust.
"Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on," says Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson.
"Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince's world for the first time as we open doors to this incredible place," she adds.
Visitors of the Paisley Park museum will be escorted through the estate in guided tours, which will showcase the iconic musician's rehearsal rooms, concert hall, personal archives and more.
"The new Paisley Park museum will offer fans a unique experience, an exhibition like no other, as Prince would have wanted it," said Prince's siblings in an official statement.
"Most important, the museum will display Prince's genius, honor his legacy, and carry forward his strong sense of family and community."
Tickets to visit the Paisley Park Museum will go on sale August 26 at 2 p.m. CT, and tours will begin on October 6. For more information, you can visit www.officialpaisleypark.com.
Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesMaroon 5's most recent album, V, came out in 2014, and guitarist James Valentine is now hinting that we can soon expect something fresh from the band.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, James says that Maroon 5 is working on a new video with Dave Dobkin, who directed their Wedding Crashers-themed clip for "Sugar." He describes the video as "really, really special."
James also reveals that Maroon 5 is looking to put out a song to plug the gap between V and their next record. He says they've "just put the finishing touches" on that track, adding, "We have some more songs in various states of progress that we’ll be working on at the end of this year and beginning of next year.”
While V was a very pop-sounding record, James says the band has discussed taking a more "organic" approach to their next album, to create a sound similar to their breakthrough disc, Songs About Jane. However, he cautions, "We don’t ever really know until we get into the studio and we kind of just have to follow what everybody’s interested in.”
James was promoting his new custom-designed signature guitar, a collaboration with the Ernie Ball company.
Image Group LA/ABCLorde's debut album Pure Heroine came out in 2013, and fans have been waiting for the follow-up for quite some time. But when one fan got a little obnoxious about the lengthy wait, Lorde schooled her in how a real artist operates.
Responding to a fan on Instagram who asked her, "Do you think we will ever get another album or should we just give up on you as an artist?" Lorde wrote, "Give up on me if you want to! I'm an artist, I write a record when I have enough special stories to tell. It's all me, every melody every lyric, not some team who just start the machine up every eighteen months like clockwork."
She adds, "The record is written, we're in the production stages now. I've worked like a dog for a year making this thing great for you guys." Lorde signed her statement with a smiling sun, to indicate there were no hard feelings.
Since Pure Heroine came out, Lorde has curated and contributed to the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, but other than that album's single, "Yellow Flicker Beat," she hasn't released any new music.
Randee St. NicholasBritney Spears may be riding a wave of renewed popularity, but she wasn't able to ride an actual wave: she says a huge one nearly killed her during a recent trip to Hawaii.
Speaking to BBC Radio 1 Wednesday, Britney said when she visited Hawaii a few weeks ago, she went into the ocean without realizing the danger six-foot waves could pose. "I completely embarrassed myself. I went out and I thought it was like a wave pool, you know? And I'm like, 'This is so nice and refreshing and beautiful.'"
"But the thing I didn’t think about was that when you come back [to shore], the waves really come in hard, and I got sucked under for like five minutes, literally almost drowned," she continued. "And I’m like, 'Where is my security?! They’re just gonna let me die here!'"
Britney says she was then washed to shore one more time and she got nailed by yet another wave, "so I kinda made a fool of myself," she laughed. "But it was fun, to say the least. You know, I got to experience what it was like to get taken down by a six-foot wave!"
During the same interview, Britney said she'd like to do the next Super Bowl halftime show, but not solo: she wants some other artists on the bill with her. Of course, she's already done that once before: in 2001, she was joined by Aerosmith, Nelly, Mary J. Blige and 'N SYNC.
At one point, Britney was asked what advice she'd give her younger self. "Never get married, number one!" she laughed.
Britney's been married twice: her first, to old friend Jason Alexander, was annulled; her second, to Kevin Federline, ended in divorce. She and Federline share two sons.
Lou Pearlman with ‘NSYNC in 1996; Mark Weiss/WireImageLouPearlman, the music mogul who launched the careers of the Backstreet Boys and 'NSYNC, died from bacterial endocarditis, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which obtained a report from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department.
The condition is an infection of the inner lining of the heart, which in Pearlman's case was caused by complications stemming from his aortic valve being replaced. Diabetes was also listed as a contributing factor in his death.
The boy band promoter was 62 years old when he died Friday in a hospital near the Miami Federal Correctional Institution, where he was serving a 25-year sentence. He was convicted of fraud in 2008 in connection with a $300 million Ponzi scheme.
The office of the Medical Examiner did not perform a full autopsy on Pearlman, which is not a requirement under Florida law. Instead, they reached their conclusions via an external examination of his body.
Sonja Flemming/CBSBritneySpears will be James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" passenger on Thursday's edition of The Late Late Show, a day before she releases her new album, Glory, but we got a preview of the segment Tuesday.
The clip starts off with the two singing a little of Britney's 2003 hit, "Toxic." After the mother of two reveals that her kids have seen her Las Vegas show, Corden jokes, "I saw my mum in her underwear once when I was like 11" -- a reference to Spears' skimpy outfits.
"You're so dirty," Britney responds, giving Corden a playful smack.
"I'm not dirty," the host answers, "I can't shake the image from my brain."
Britney is the latest famous passenger to ride shotgun with Corden on "Carpool Karaoke." First lady Michelle Obama was the most recent, with others including Adele, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey and more.
Rachel KaplanBen Rector kicks off his latest tour, aptly called "The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far" tour, tonight in Columbus, OH. But Ben admits that when the idea of this tour was first brought up, he thought it was a "terrible idea."
Ben, who describes himself as a "super pessimist," says when his booking agent told him there was demand for more shows, he thought, "This is a terrible idea. Nobody's gonna come. I'm not gonna be able to come up with another show. We shouldn't do this."
And when he finally agreed to do the tour, Ben says he stressed out about trying to come up with a good name for it.
"I feel like I sweat all the details all the time," he tells ABC Radio. "And so I was sitting in front of my computer the day before we needed to figure it out, and I was like...'This is the biggest tour that I've done so far, what am I gonna call it?' And I was like, 'I'm gonna call it that: the Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far tour.'"
The tour is in support of Ben's top 10 album Brand New and its title track, which has become his biggest hit ever. He's just about managed to convince himself that "The Biggest Tour I Have Done So Far" might be successful, even though Brand New came out a year ago.
"I do feel like it's kinda late in the cycle, but the shows we're playing on this tour, we haven't played those markets in a little over a year," Ben tells ABC Radio. "And I think the last tour was a good show. And my hope is that people would wanna see a different version. So I don't know, we'll see."
The tour is scheduled to wrap October 23 in Minneapolis, MN.
ABC/Paul LoboWhile the main list of nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards came out in July, the nominees in one final category have been revealed: Song of the Summer. The songs nominated include number-one smashes you're probably sick of by now, as well as tunes that are fairly recent.
The category, presented by Verizon, has been around for three years. This year, the nominees are:
Justin Timberlake: "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Calvin Harris f/Rihanna: "This Is What You Came For" Drake f/Kyla & Wizkid: "One Dance" Chainsmokers f/Halsey: "Closer" Selena Gomez: "Kill 'Em with Kindness" Sia: "Cheap Thrills" Kent Jones: "Don't Mind" Fifth Harmony f/Fetty Wap: "All In My Head (Flex)" Nick Jonas f/Ty Dolla $ign: "Bacon" Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MO: "Cold Water"
Some of these songs, such as "Cheap Thrills," "One Dance," "Can't Stop the Feeling!" and "Closer," were #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Fans can vote for their favorite by creating their own custom videos for this year's nominees on the video social networking app musical.ly. The winner will be chosen based on the amount of content created around each eligible song, and announced during the MTV VMA pre-show, which airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.
In other VMA news, Nathan Sykes and Flo Rida, along with electronic trio Cash Cash, will all perform at a pre-VMA benefit show to benefit GLAAD, the LBGTQ media advocacy organization. The show takes place in New York City on Friday. While the VMAs nearly always feature a pre-telecast benefit show, this is the first time that the network has teamed with GLAAD.
Richard E. Aaron/RedfernsThe NHL's Minnesota Wild will go wild for Prince this coming season.
The hockey team announced Tuesday that beginning with the 2016-2017 season, it will use his song "Let's Go Crazy" when it scores a goal during home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Wild, which had been using Joe Satriani's "Crowd Chant" as its goal song, said the change was made in response to feedback from a survey taken by season ticket holders this summer.
“Our in-arena experience is designed for the fans, so it's great to be able to show them we take their feedback to heart,” John Maher, vice president of brand, content and communications for the Wild, is quoted as saying in a story posted on its website. “At the same time, it's our privilege to celebrate an iconic hometown artist that clearly has had an incredible impact on our community and the world.”
Prince was found dead in his Minneapolis-area home on April 21. It was determined that the singer, who was 57, died from an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.
In a statement, Justin said, "Being a Tennessee native and now a member of the community in Franklin, I have been watching the development of the festival over the past two years. For me, this is an amazing opportunity to help build an exceptional event and contribute to my community."
JT's buddy and creative director, Trace Ayala, notes that the festival will be "a great stage to showcase" the musicians he and Justin have signed to their development company, Villa 40.
Unfortunately, Justin won't be performing at the festival, but he and Ayala will be working on the creative direction of this year's festival, and future festivals.
Kevin Griffin of the '90s alt-rock band Better Than Ezra is one of the festival's original producers. He says, "It really is a perfect fit to have Justin on board as a partner not only for his knowledge and accomplishments in the music industry but also his love for the Tennessee area."
This year's Pilgrimage lineup includes The Strumbellas, Kaleo Beck, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Lunchmoney Lewis, The Struts, Grace Potter, Kacey Musgraves and many more. Visit PilgrimageFestival.com for tickets.
Getty Images via ABCHalle Berry and Jodie Foster should both get another Oscar for this. The actresses delivered dramatic readings of some of Britney Spears’ most well-known songs for W Magazine.
Halle tackled “Oops!…I Did It Again,” infusing the lyrics with some poetic gravitas. Meanwhile, Jodie took on Britney’s “Toxic,” along with Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra. Jodie couldn’t quite get a handle on the lyrics, and Priyanka opted to sing them dramatically instead.
Britney’s new album, Glory, comes out this Friday.
Courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment/HBOAs if you couldn't get enough of Beyoncé's Lemonade album, now you can buy pieces of the entertainer's Lemonade-branded apparel.
Bey has an all-new collection of clothing and fashion accessories on her official website that feature pictures of the icon herself, lemons, and lyrics from songs on her latest hit album.
Sweatshirts, hoodies, tees, hats and more can be purchased on her official website. Retail prices range from $25 to $60.
In other news, today Bey posted new pictures of herself and hubby Jay Z on the same website. The images include Queen B posing in a fierce grey blazer and skirt set, and of her in the same outfit, sharing an intimate moment with Jay's arm wrapped around her.