Virgin RecordsBastille's new album, Wild World, now has a release date. The sophomore effort from the U.K. band will be released September 9, and is available for pre-order now on iTunes.
Additionally, Bastille has revealed the Wild World cover, which features two people sitting precariously on the edge of a building in a busy city.
"To me, the image isn't about what's just happened or what happens next," frontman Dan Smith says of the cover. "It's not about how they got there or how they get down. It's about sharing a moment -- two friends existing in that split second in that exact space, two people framed in the vast context of this huge mad metropolis that we've all built. They're there out of choice."
The full Wild World track list has yet to be announced, but the album will include lead single "Good Grief" and a song called "Send Them Off!"
Prior to the album's September release, Bastille will be spending their summer on the festival circuit, including sets at Lollapalooza and Osheaga. The band will also be headlining a show at Colorado's iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in October, followed by a European arena tour.
Getty Images via ABCRachel Platten's smash "Fight Song" has helped many people get through tough times, so it's no wonder that she's donating proceeds from a special version of the tune to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.
In a note posted on Twitter, Rachel writes, "I was heartbroken when I learned about the Orlando attacks...I don't understand how anybody could want to attack a celebration of love and I wanted to do something. Today, I'm so proud to share a BRAND NEW acoustic version of FIGHT SONG. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the the victims of this tragedy through the National Compassion Fund."
"Over the last year and a half, through your stories and my own, I've learned that MUSIC HAS THE ABILITY TO HEAL," she adds. "So I truly hope that this can make some small difference and shed some small light for those who have lost so much."
ABC/Fred LeeKaty Perry continues to reign the Twitterverse. The singer has reached an unprecedented 90 million followers on the social networking site.
Twitter’s official Twitter page even gave her a shoutout. “It's party time, @katyperry!” the tweet reads. “With 90 million on the guest list, we're gonna need a really big dance floor.”
Katy has the most followers of anyone on Twitter, but with great popularity comes more opportunities to get hacked. The singer learned that all too well back in May, when hackers tweeted out a bunch of strange messages from her account -- including a tweet for Katy’s rumored nemesis, Taylor Swift.
Raymond Hall/GC ImagesLike many native New Yorkers, Lady Gaga never had to get a driver's license because she was able to take public transportation everywhere. But now that she's a citizen of the world, getting behind the wheel is a necessity. That's why she's finally gotten her license...at the age of 30.
On Friday, she posted a photo of herself in a car with a female friend, with the caption, "Thelma and Puhleaaaze." She added, "And yes I FINALLY got my license after years of driving w an adult present and a learners permit...IM FREE. Rollin w the homies."
Given her crazy schedule, it's not surprising that it's taken several years for her to learn to drive. After paparazzi chased her in 2012, she tweeted, "Maybe while I'm learning to drive you don't need to sneak up on me and stick your GIANT camera IN A MOVING VEHICLE."
Simon EmmettJust like in the U.S., if an artist in the U.K. makes a memorable TV appearance, their album sales usually increase. Adele has just proved that rule by returning to #1 on the British charts following her televised headlining appearance at this year's prestigious Glastonbury Festival.
Adele's performance, which featured numerous swear words and an incident in which she burped in a fan's face, was seen by 3.7 million viewers, and thousands more live. Now, her album 25 has vaulted 13 places to re-take the #1 spot, according to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company, with a sales increase of 231% compared to the previous week. The album has now logged 12 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the U.K. chart.
Adele's previous albums, 21 and 19, also saw sales boosts: 21 jumped back into the top 10, while 19 vaulted 163 places to #12. It's the first time it's been in the Top 40 in six months.
Coldplay also benefited from a popular Glastonbury set. After they closed the festival Sunday night, their album A Head Full of Dreams experienced a sales increase of 28%, rising to #2.
Courtesy will.i.am music/Interscope Records; Island Records/Safehouse Records/Hollywood RecordsIs it hot in here or is it all this sexy new music? Demi Lovato and Fergie dropped new singles Friday, and both songs really turn up the heat.
Fergie’s song is called “MILF Money” -- stylized "M.I.L.F. $" -- and marks her first new release since 2014’s “L.A. Love (La La).” She alternately raps and sings on the booming track.
"Heard you in the mood for a little milkshake/Welcome to the Dairy Dutchess Love Factory/I could whip it up, fix you up straight away/Come on in the front door, leaving at the back door," she raps.
The song will presumably be featured on Fergie's second solo album, following 2006’s The Dutchess.
Demi, meanwhile, released her song “Body Say” after debuting the song during the first night of her Future Now tour Wednesday.
"You can touch me with slow hands/Speed it up, baby, make me sweat/Dreamland, take me there cause I want your sex," she coos on the track.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber paid tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and his late friend Christina Grimmie during his concert in Orlando, Florida last night.
Justin dedicated his song “Purpose” to them and as he sang, the names of the 49 victims of the shooting massacre scrolled on the screen behind him. The 50th and final name was Christina Grimmie, who was killed in a fatal shooting the night before the Orlando tragedy.
“Thank you for tonight,” Justin tweeted after the show. “Don't ever be afraid to be yourself. #OrlandoStrong.”
The death of Christina hit Justin particularly hard. He played a show in Winnipeg, Canada the day she died and broke down in tears on stage.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013Six days before Prince's untimely passing, the legendary musician was on a flight that made an emergency landing on April 15 in Moline, Illinois. EMTs came to the scene to find Prince's unconscious body in the cabin of his private plane.
Now, audio of the emergency call to air traffic control has been released.
"What's the nature of the emergency," an air traffic controller at the Chicago Center asks at the beginning of the audio exchange.
"An unresponsive passenger," comes one reply.
Initially, Chicago ATC wasn't able to provide the nature of the emergency, or even the sex or of the passenger, although ultimately they were able to say it was a man.
The flight landed in Moline as directed at 1:17 a.m. Medics tended to the star for nearly 20 minutes and the ambulance raced off with emergency lights and sirens on at 1:35 a.m. A few hours later, Prince was well enough to fly the rest of the way home to Minneapolis.
April 21, Prince passed away at his Paisley Park estate from what was determined to be an accidental overdose of the potent painkiller fentanyl.
Courtesy of Discovery ChannelTurns out, Christina Aguilera makes a pretty good nature show host. In a sneak preview for the new Discovery Channel show Hello World!, Christina narrates a scene featuring a grizzly bear and her cubs.
In the clip featured on Entertainment Weekly, the bear dives into a river to get fish for her cubs. “What moms go through, just trying to get our kids fed some days, right?” Christina says in her voiceover.
The episode, which also features music from Christina, airs July 9 on Discovery Channel. Usher, Ellie Goulding, Steven Tyler, Dave Matthews and Joan Jett are among the other artists narrating episodes in the six-part series.
Getty Images via ABC"Sledgehammer," Rihanna's new Sia-penned ballad, appears in the new Star Trek film Star Trek Beyond. But if super-cool RiRi and the geek-tastic Star Trek universe seem like an odd pairing, here's a shocker: she's actually a huge Star Trek fan from back in the day.
"Star Trek has been a part of my life since I was a little girl," says Rihanna in a featurette created to promote the movie. "My dad really is the one who introduced me to Star Trek. It just took me one episode to fall in love with this other world that I couldn’t understand, but I felt like I could relate to."
"I was always very curious about the characters and the storyline," she adds. "You always felt emotionally connected to the characters and whatever they were going through."
Rihanna doesn't specify which TV iteration of Star Trek she likes best -- the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager or Enterprise -- but in any case, she says she was thrilled to be asked to contribute a song to Star Trek Beyond.
"It wasn’t like just doing a song for any random film. I love Star Trek. It was automatic," she says. "I would do anything in terms of music. It’s such a big deal not only as a fan, [but] as a musician, because Star Trek is such a big deal across the globe."
Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the newly-rebooted film series, opens July 22. Rihanna's song "Sledgehammer" is available now, and the video is online too.
George Pimentel/WireImageAccording to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks to acquire Jay Z's music streaming service, Tidal.
A Tidal spokesman told the paper that the company's executives hadn't held talks with Tidal, but the paper reports that Tidal's ties to artists have Apple interested.
The paper reports that Tidal also has held talks with other potential partners as well. No terms of a potential deal were reported.
An investment company controlled by Jay Z bought Tidal in March 2015 for a reported $56 million from Swedish company Aspiro. He quickly involved high-profile stars like his wife, Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher,Kanye West and Madonna. However, there have been reports the service hasn't done as well as expected for Jay, despite the exclusive high-profile album releases.
Earlier this year there were published reports that Jay Z was preparing to sue Tidal's prior owners over allegations that the company had inflated its subscriber numbers prior to the sale.
Alasdair McLellanAdele’s 25 is having a resurgence. The album could be headed back into the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, thanks to its debut on streaming services on June 24.
According to Billboard, experts are predicting the album could earn between 32,000 and 37,000 equivalent album units this week. That total takes streaming into account. Previously, only three of her singles were available for streaming: “Hello,” “When We Were Young” and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).”
Last week, the album came in at number 12 on the chart. It’s sold 8.8 million copies in the U.S. to date.
ABC/Rick RowellIt didn’t take long for someone to plunk down millions for Adam Levine’s former New York City loft. Observer reports that less than three months after going on the market, the sprawling Soho pad Adam shared with wife Behati Prinsloo sold for $5.5 million.
The couple listed the apartment in April, shortly after announcing that they were expecting their first child. They had purchased the place in 2014.
It’s no wonder the property went quickly -- it has exposed brick walls, high ceilings, a master suite with a walk-in closet and a bath with a Jacuzzi tub. Not to mention two very famous former owners.
The couple has also put their Beverly Hills estate on the market for $17.5 million.
ABC/Lou RoccoBritish singer Rita Ora was hospitalized this Wednesday after a photo shoot, on account of exhaustion.
Ora shared a picture on her Twitter and Instagram accounts of herself lying in a hospital bed, hooked up to an IV machine. Attached to both pictures, she writes, "Today was pretty tough but I'm getting through it thank you all my fans and friends for the support! I love you! The Instagram picture includes the following hashtag, #exhaustion is real"
The entertainer recently signed a new recording contract with Atlantic Records UK.
Image Group LA/ABCLorde may never be "Royal," but she sure knows how to use the money she got from that song. The singer has donated tens of thousands of dollars to a New Zealand charity that feeds hungry kids.
On the donation page for the charity, which is called Fuel the Need, Lorde writes, "Hope this helps a little bit. Lots of love from a former kid who is passionate about all kids having access to food at school." She posted the donation of $20,000 New Zealand dollars -- that's $14,500 -- under her birth name, Ella Yelich O'Connor.
The founder of the charity, Manuel Dalton, told the New Zealand news site Stuff.co.nz, "I looked at my notifications and saw one from Givealittle and had to do a double take at seeing $20,000. I wasn't aware who Ella Yelich-O'Connor was and when people told me it was Lorde, I said 'Gosh, oh my Lord!'"
The program provides school lunches for kids who don't have access to them. Each meal costs three dollars, according to Dalton, and meals for one school year requires $30,000 in funding.
Lorde is currently working on the follow up to her acclaimed debut, Pure Heroine.
Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImageLooks like Taylor Swift will be shopping for a bridesmaid dress again. Her longtime bestie, Abigail Anderson, has gotten engaged.
Abigail announced the happy news on her Instagram this week, writing, “Tonight I answered the easiest question I've ever been asked. Without any doubt and without fear - I am so excited for this next chapter in our lives.”
Taylor and Abigail have been friends since high school. The singer even named-checked her BFF in the song "Fifteen."
Back in February, Taylor was the maid of honor for another childhood pal, Britany Maack.
Taylor may not be engaged yet but she’s certainly getting serious with new boyfriend Tom Hiddleston. The two enjoyed a romantic Italian getaway this week, and have both already met each other’s parents.
Charles Sykes/NBCSara Bareilles is going from being a Tony nominee to providing the musical accompaniment to TV's biggest fireworks display of the year. She's just joined the lineup of NBC’s annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
Another new addition to the lineup is Pitbull, as well as DNCE, who'll no doubt perform their hit "Cake by the Ocean." They join previously announced guests Meghan Trainor, country superstar Kenny Chesney and 5 Seconds of Summer on the bill.
The festivities kick off Monday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and if you miss it, you can catch it again at 10 p.m. The fireworks display this year will include more than 56,000 effects and will spell out "USA" in the sky.
No surprise, Iggy’s feeling super-betrayed. “This is just like a second shot to the chest. And I feel like I don't even know who the hell it is I've been loving all this time,” she also tweeted, adding, “People in this world really are f***** up.”
Iggy’s tweets come right on the heels of news Nick and Iggy split because Young's baby mama, Keonna Green, is pregnant with their second child. “I have never even been told by nick that his baby mother is pregnant so if this is true I'm finding out via E news,” Iggy also tweeted today, before dropping the real reason they broke up.
Iggy announced her split with Nick a week ago last Monday in an Instagram post, hinting at possible infidelity by writing, in part, "Unfortunately, although I love Nick and I have tried and tried to rebuild my trust in him -- It's become apparent in the last few weeks I am unable to.”
Since then, rumors about reasons for the split haven’t stopped, with Iggy occasionally responding to them, such as denying she had Nick’s car towed, or kicked him out of the home they shared.
Nick posted his own somewhat cryptic Instagram video last Monday, showing him singing Drake’s “Redemption,” seemingly addressing Iggy.