ABC/Randy HolmesMariah Carey's rep has responded to numerous reports that the singer and her billionaire fiance James Packer had called off their engagement.
In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, the rep said, "Mariah and James had a fight in Greece, and have not seen each other since. The fight was not because of any cheating allegations or excessive spending by Mariah. James is one of the most successful businessmen in the world."
The rep added, "They are trying to work it out. Right now, they’re not sure if they will stay together. They are discussing it, and plan to release an official statement together about their future.”
The reports claimed that James' reluctance to participate in Mariah's reality show, coupled with his annoyance at her spending habits, led to the couple to call it quits.
Packer and Mariah were first linked in June of 2015, and he proposed to her in January with a 35-carat diamond ring. Mariah was still wearing the ring on October 22, when she and her former husband Nick Cannon and their twins attended a Halloween party in L.A.
Paul Alexander KnoxYou may already own James Bay's Grammy-nominated debut album Chaos and the Calm, but you're still going to want the special version he's releasing on Record Store Day, November 25.
James is putting out an exclusive live version of the album, called Chaos and the Calm Live, on vinyl. You'll be able to get it at participating independent record stores on Record Store Day in North America, and it's available for pre-order on James' website for the rest of the world.
There are nine tracks on the album, recorded live at London's Hammersmith Apollo this past March, plus two exclusive tracks available on a digital download card.
In a note to fans, James writes, "Touring my debut album has been like nothing I ever imagined, it’s been such an incredible journey. So after nearly 3 years on the road and so many shows, I wanted to give you a special little snapshot of what it’s been like playing in front of the greatest audiences I’ve ever known."
He adds, "This is from me to you, I hope you like it and THANK You!"
Here's the track listing for Chaos and the Calm Live:
Side A 1. "Collide" 2. "Craving" 3. "When We Were on Fire" 4. "If You Ever Want to Be in Love" 5. "Let It Go"
Side B 1. "Scars" 2. "Best Fake Smile" 3. "Proud Mary" 4. "Hold Back the River"
The download card also includes live takes on "Need the Sun to Break" and "Get Out While You Can."
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCA couple of weeks ago, Justin Bieber crashed a high school soccer game. This week, he crashed a British ice hockey game. The singer, who’s been in the U.K. for his Purpose tour, put on his skates and joined the Manchester Storm on the ice.
The team’s official website posted a photo of the team with the Biebs, as well as a full account of their practice session. Justin, who’s a huge hockey fan, apparently held his own with the pros. He even took the team out for a couple of drinks afterwards.
“Bieber had a ball with the guys out on the ice which was great to see, and for the players themselves, what an experience for them to skate with a global superstar,” Storm General Manager, Neil Russell, says in a statement. “He got some bad press whilst in Manchester, but I have to say, he was a very polite, mannerly and respectful to us all during his visit.”
The “bad press” he’s referring to is when Justin briefly walked off the stage during his Manchester show when his fans wouldn't stop screaming.
ABC/Randy HolmesMiley Cyrus rekindled her relationship with her alleged fiancé Liam Hemsworth months ago, but she’s finally speaking publicly about her engagement ring.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday, the singer admitted that she sometimes swaps out the Neil Lane diamond ring for something a little more her style.
"This is really weird because this is like real jewelry, and most of my jewelry is made out of gummy bears and cotton candy and they don’t look that good together ‘cause they kind of mix up," she explained. "So sometimes I replace it with an actual unicorn or a Looney Tune.”
As you might expect, Liam notices the switch.
"He’s kind of like, 'What’s going on?'" Miley says. "[And] I’m like, 'This isn’t really my aesthetic, but I’ll wear it because you love me.’"
Ellen points out that he could’ve saved a lot of money by just giving her a gummy bear ring, and Miley agrees. No word on when Miley and Liam are planning to get hitched.
Miley also chatted with Ellen about her time campaigning for Hillary Clinton over the weekend. She shared a photo diary with Time magazine, detailing her time on the campaign trail in Virginia and Washington D.C.
Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCJustin Bieber, Adele and Coldplay are among the finalists for this year's Billboard Touring Awards, which will be given out during the publication's annual Touring Conference next month.
Coldplay is nominated for both the Top Draw and the Top Tour prizes, which honor the best-attended and highest-grossing treks, respectively. Also nominated in both those categories: Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. Adele's up for the Breakthrough Award, along with The Weeknd and rockers Twenty One Pilots.
Justin Bieber's up for Top Package tour, because his Purpose tour featured two other artists: Post Malone and Moxie Raia. He's also up for the Concert Marketing and Promotion Award, along with Beyonce, the re-formed Guns N' Roses and other acts.
The Top Boxscore prize honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist. Springsteen and the E Street Band have been nominated in that category for their May 27-29 stand at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. Coldplay is also up for that award, for the band's June 2016 engagement in London.
As previously reported, Bon Jovi will be presented with the Legend of Live honor at the 2016 Billboard Touring Awards in recognition of their career contributions to the touring industry. The 13th annual Billboard Touring Conference will be held November 9 and 10.
C. Taylor CrothersBand of Merrymakers, an all-star musical collective that specializes in Christmas music, is back for another holiday season with a festive new single.
This year, Band of Merrymakers includes Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn, "Stay" singer Lisa Loeb, American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis, Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums, and the project's two leaders: Kevin Griffin of Better than Ezra and hit songwriter Sam Hollander. They're all featured on the new single, "A Very Merry Medley," which arrives at digital outlets Friday.
As the title indicates, the single is a medley of holiday favorites, including "The 12 Days of Christmas," "Last Christmas" by Wham!, Elton John's "Step into Christmas," "Deck the Halls," "Feliz Navidad," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and more.
"We took the best Christmas songs ever written, spun them at Studio 54 in a blender at 128 BPM and what you get is pure holiday magic," say Hollander and Griffin in a statement.
The song will be added to a digital re-release of the Merrymakers' 2015 album Welcome to Our Christmas Party. Other artists featured on the disc include Natasha Bedingfield, Lifehouse's Jason Wade, Christina Perri and many more.
For every album and track sold, a donation will be made to MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy, which hands out the Grammys. The band is also raising money this year for Musicians on Call, a charity that brings music to the bedsides of patients nationwide, by selling custom-designed "Ugly Christmas Sweaters."
A tour kicks off December 1 in New York City. Here are the dates:
12/1 -- New York, NY, BB Kings 12/2 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC 12/3 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 12/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
Dick Clark ProductionsThe list of performers at the upcoming American Music Awards continues to grow.
The Chainsmokers and Halsey have been added to the bill, as have James Bay, Fifth Harmony and Shakira. This will mark the AMA debuts of James, Fifth Harmony, Halsey and the Chainsmokers. Shakira's performed on the show before, but she'll be singing with Colombian artist Carlos Vives, who's making his AMA debut.
The lineup also includes Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Twenty One Pilots, Green Day and Sting, who'll be receiving the American Music Award of Merit.
The 2016 American Music Awards air Sunday, November 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
There may be trouble in Mariah Carey's paradise. An Australian magazine reports that her fiance, Australian billionaire James Packer, has broken off the engagement.
The magazine claims that Packer and Mariah had a falling out over her upcoming reality show, because he wasn't happy about the fact that she was willing to expose their private lives to the world. In addition, the mag claims Packer didn't appreciate Mariah's "extravagant spending." He's allegedly going to allow her to keep the multi-million dollar ring he gave her back in January.
According to the magazine, Packer's family also wasn't thrilled that Mariah didn't attend his sister's 50th birthday party, and the singer didn't get along with Packer's mother.
Following their split, the magazine claims, Packer has sought support from his first wife, while Mariah's been spending time with her ex, Nick Cannon.
A source close to Packer confirms to Peoplethat he and Mariah "split a couple weeks ago," but adds, "It’s possible they will get back together. They are still talking, but James needed a break.”
The source confirms the magazine's report that "some of Mariah's eccentric ways, especially her spending habits," led to the split, as well as Packer's desire to not appear in her upcoming reality show.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCJimmyFallon welcomed his good pal Justin Timberlake to The Tonight Show on Wednesday to plug his upcoming animated comedy, Trolls, opening nationwide n November 3. JT and Jimmy also recalled spending summers at summer camp.
The sketch -- which they've done during previous Timberlake Tonight Show appearances -- features the two playing campers who stay up past lights-out and sing popular songs. They inevitably get caught by their camp counselor -- played by the show's head writer, A.D. Miles. This installment was titled, "Jimmy & Justin Timberlake sing 'Ironic' at Camp Winnipesaukee" -- referring Alanis Morissette's 1990s hit.
Later, Justin addressed the since-deleted Instagram selfie he posted on Tuesday of him casting a vote at his Tennessee polling place, landing him in hot water with the district attorney's office. "Do you have any advice for anyone out htere? asked Fallon.
"Get out and vote...Don't take a picture of yourself in the [voting booth]," a conciliatory Timberlake replied.
Leading up to the release of Justin Timberlake The Tennessee Kids, Netflix’s behind-the-scenes look at the singer’s world tour, on Wednesday, Timberlake asked his Twitter followers to share their favorite memory from his tour. He then treated a few of those fans to a free pizza.
After discussing the stunt with Fallon on Wednesday, Timberlake treated the studio audience to a free pie as well.
Finally, the two tested their friendship by asking each other questions from Fallon's “Best Friends Box." We learned their preferred mode of transportation when hanging out together is a tandem bike, and Timberlake's favorite childhood sitcom was Cheers.
The game ended with the duo performing a duet of the song they "always end up singing together" when they hang out: "I'm Keeping Your Poop (In a Jar)," by the band Hayseed Dixie.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesWhen Prince’s estate is finally settled, there will be two fewer people collecting a piece of it.
Carver County, MN, District Judge Kevin Eide on Wednesday excluded two would-be heirs from any further consideration, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Brianna and Victoria Nelson claimed they were entitled to a share because Prince referred to their father, Duane Nelson Sr., as his brother, because Prince’s father, John L. Nelson, treated Duane Nelson like a son.
However, Eide ruled that without evidence of a genetic connection between Nelson and Prince, whose birth name was Prince Rogers Nelson, there’s no law to support the sisters’ claim. Prince died April 21 of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.
The ruling leaves six heirs with claim to the estate: Tyka Nelson, who’s Prince’s sister, and five half-siblings.
A seventh person may also have a claim. Corey Simmons, who’s Brianna Nelson’s half-brother, insists Prince’s father intended to adopt Duane Nelson, Simmons’ father. Confused yet? Judge Eide gave Simmons until November 25 to produce evidence supporting his claim.
Although Prince’s estate’s estimated to be worth up to $300 million, there may not be much left to split after the tax bill is paid, which is expected to take about half of the estate’s value.
Epic RecordsTheFray are currently on tour in support of upcoming greatest hits album Through the Years: The Best of The Fray, due November 4. They're also #1 on the Billboard pop chart. Sort of.
The Fray's singer and guitarist, Isaac Slade and Joe King, are credited as co-writers on The Chainsmokers' smash hit "Closer, " which has been #1 for 10 weeks. That's because the song sounds similar to The Fray's hit "Over My Head (Cable Car)."
"Basically, they reached out to us and realized that they used, or reinterpreted, the song a bit, and they wanted to just work it out before the song came out," Joe tells ABC Radio. "So...there was no friction or tension. And [I] totally get it, it happens a lot, and unintentionally...So it's all good."
Joe adds that he loves "Closer," and so do his daughters. "All their friends listen to it, and now I'm like the cool dad," he laughs. "So, yeah, it's great!"
Through the Years features all of The Fray's singles since their 2005 debut, How to Save a Life. As a result, Isaac says this tour is pretty much a trip down memory lane.
"These are some of the songs that we've played for years, and it's cool to see 'em all in one collection," he tells ABC Radio. "You kinda get...the 30,000-foot view on your entire life's work, from college 'til now."
"So that ends up being kind of retrospective lived out live every night," he adds. "And that's been really cool."
ABC/Phil McCartenOne Direction’s Niall Horan and Ellie Goulding may have briefly dated in the past, but according to Ellen DeGeneres, they may have a future together.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, the single Niall played a rapid-fire game of “Who'd You Rather?” to try to find out who his new girlfriend should be. He picked Rihanna over Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez over Demi Lovato, but in the end Ellie won out over them all.
Earlier this year, Ellie admitted to Seventeen magazine that she went on “a few dates” with Niall and now sees him “as a genuine friend in the industry.” There were once rumors that she cheated on Ed Sheeran with Niall, but she has denied that.
ABC/Randy HolmesLooks like Mariah Carey won’t be performing in South America as planned. The singer has confirmed that her shows in Chile, Argentina and Brazil have been cancelled. In a tweet, Mariah indicates tour promoters were to blame.
“Devastated my shows in Chile, Argentina & Brazil had to be cancelled,” she writes. “My fans deserve better than how some of these promoters treated them.”
She adds, “I love my lambs in #SouthAmerica and will do everything I can to come in 2017 the proper way. Thank you for understanding.”
Mariah was slated to kick off the South American leg of her Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 28. She’ll still be playing two dates in Mexico -- Mexico City and Monterrey -- on November 8 and 9.
Eric T. WhiteHalsey will be honored at Billboard’s 11th Annual Women in Music event this year. The singer is set to receive the 2016 Rising Star award.
In a statement, president and CCO of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group Janice Min says, “Halsey is the voice of a generation, someone who is an impassioned political advocate and personal artist, the kind who can have a No. 1 single, as she did with ‘Closer,’ and not at all be categorized as your typical pop star.”
She adds, “Her credibility and talent make her a must-have collaborator for the likes of Justin Bieber and The Chainsmokers...we look forward to hearing what’s next from her as she continues making music during what we know will be a long and successful career.”
"Closer," Halsey's collabo with The Chainsmokers, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 10 weeks.
Billboard also announced that Shania Twain will be receiving the Icon award and, as previously reported, Madonna is this year’s Woman of the Year. The Women in Music event will take place on December 9 in New York City and will air nationally on Lifetime on December 12.
Phillip Faraone/FilmMagicSuper-successful songwriter Julia Michaels is finally getting a chance to score hits under her own name.
Julia co-wrote Justin Bieber's "Sorry," Selena Gomez's "Good For You" and "Hands to Myself," Hailee Steinfeld's "Love Myself," Fifth Harmony's "All In My Head (Flex)," Nick Jonas and Tove Lo's "Close," and a bunch of songs on Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears' most recent albums. Now, she's signed a deal with Republic Records and is recording her debut EP.
In a statement, Republic Group president Charlie Walk said, "From the first day I met Julia it was clear that she was not just a writer, but a very unique artist. Her trademark vocals, writing prowess, and musical vision puts her in a category all her own. We're thrilled to be a part of her upcoming journey and to share her art with the world."
JUCO/RCA RecordsGrammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix has just made a deal that will put their vocal talents in front of millions of viewers every week.
The group has been tapped by NBC to sing the new Thursday Night Football theme song, "Weekend Go." It's inspired by Pentatonix's own hit, "Sing," from their 2015 self-titled album.
The Thursday Night Football show open will debut Thursday, November 3 as the Atlanta Falcons take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the NFL Network. You can start seeing games with the Pentatonix theme song on NBC starting November 17, when the Carolina Panthers play the New Orleans Saints. That's followed by a four-week run of games starting December 1.
In a statement, the group says, "We have seen so many legendary artists work with the NFL and feel so honored to join them this year. We had so much fun reworking the lyrics to our song 'Sing' and hope people love it!”
Alexander Tamargo/Getty ImagesAdele's British, so she can't vote in the election, but she made it quite clear on Tuesday night which candidate she'd vote for if she were able to.
Speaking from the stage in Miami, Florida, the Grammy and Oscar-winner asked the crowd how they were feeling about the election. While she acknowledged that she's British, she said what happens in America affects her too. "I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m really glad I’m not an American at the moment, it’s hard work," she told her fans. "I wouldn’t know what to do, I mean I do know what to do: don't vote for him, that's all I'm saying.”
As the audience cheered, Adele continued, "I support Hillary Clinton 100 per cent, I do. And for anyone else that wants to vote for him, I don't care, good for you, do whatever you want. I'm just letting you know who I would vote for."
Hilary Clinton happened to be in the audience at the concert, her campaign confirmed. Perhaps it was an early birthday present: the Democratic presidential nominee turns 69 today, and she's previously said she enjoys Adele's music.
You may recall that earlier in the campaign, a spokesman for Adele said that Republican nominee Donald Trump didn't have permission to use her music at his rallies -- he'd been using "Skyfall" and "Rolling in the Deep."
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton makes a surprise appearance at American Airlines Arena & Adele urges Miami voters not to vote for "him". pic.twitter.com/lSuiOgu9Ee
Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsTwenty One Pilots and Green Day are bringing the rock to the American Music Awards.
The two acts will both perform at this year's show, scheduled for November 20. Green Day, a three-time AMA winner, will return to the stage for the first time since 2009. Twenty One Pilots are making their AMA debut, and this year, they're up for three awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group, Artist of the Year and Favorite Alternative Rock Artist.
The two bands join a line-up that includes Sting, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga.
The American Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in L.A. at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Terence Patrick/CBSFresh off her performances on Saturday Night Live last weekend, Lady Gaga hopped into James Corden's passenger seat for another installment of "Carpool Karaoke" last night on The Late Late Show.
Gaga did more than "Carpool Karaoke" -- she nearly took over the show, coming out to tell a couple of jokes. “You may know me as Lady Gaga, but tonight I am Lady Haha,” she told the crowd, punctuated with a rim shot. “Who’s ready for some topical monologue jokes?” The crowd cheered as she joked about Donald Trump, but James soon appeared. After some back and forth, he announced that Gaga would sit in with Reggie Watts and the band for the rest of the show.
“Carpool Karaoke” started with the two shouting at drivers, talk-singing Ludacris’ “Move, B****” before singing a chorus of Gaga's "Perfect Illusion." Afterward, they humorously reenacted the phone call in which Gaga received the invitation to headline the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show in February.
Next came a chorus of "Bad Romance," during which Gaga explained why she ad-libs “Rah, rah, ooh la la.” Gaga even took a turn driving -- awkwardly, as she just got her license not too long ago. She and Corden discussed vocal warmups, which Gaga sang and James spoke before rocking out to “Born This Way.”
Corden also asked her about her collection of Michael Jackson outfits. Gaga admitted she bought about 400 pieces at auction, including a “Thriller” jacket and one of his gloves. Later, Corden appeared in a variety of outfits Gaga had worn, including yellow police tape.
They closed the segment with a duet of her recently released ballad, “Million Reasons,” from her new album, Joanne. Gaga continued to perform with the band through the end of the show.