Norman Jean RoyThe Barrymore Theater in New York City is a venue best-known for its showcasing of classic Broadway productions like A Raisin In the Sun and The Glass Menagerie over the years. But last night, the 88-year-old venue played host to theater of another kind…and it starred a bunch of guys from New Jersey who didn’t disappoint.
The Great White Way made room for Bon Jovi -- the band out on tour in support of their 14th studio album, This House Is Not for Sale. They’ve been doing these “listening events” at smaller venues in the U.K., Canada and here in the U.S. -- this was their final act before their world tour kicks off in 2017.
Dressed in black and comfortably grey these days, Jon Bon Jovi led things off with three simple words: “Turn it up.” The band then ripped into the title track of the album, and it was a no-holds-barred rundown from there.
The intimate location solidified the band’s connection to the audience as they pulled through 15 tracks of new music, with Jon taking on the role of storyteller between songs. “Albums meant something to me as a kid growing up,” the singer said.
It showed throughout the performance, as he took the fans on a liner-note-guided tour through songs like "Living With The Ghost" and "New Year’s Day" -- “a song about the rebirth of the band.”
Other standouts included the smoldering "Labor Of Love" and the radio-friendly rocker "Born Again Tomorrow."
It wouldn't be a Bon Jovi show without a nod to the past: "Who Says You Can't Go Home" and "Bad Medicine" wrapped up the evening.
Bon Jovi’s full tour kicks off in Greenville, South Carolina, this February. This House Is Not for Sale will be available November 4.
Streamline/InterscopeLady Gaga's long-awaited new pop album Joanne arrives today. The album's named after her father's sister, who died of lupus at 19, years before Gaga was even born. Though they never met, Gaga says with this album, "Joanne is making a comeback through me."
Her aunt inspired the album, says Gaga, because Joanne's story reminded the singer that her family's weathered terrible loss, yet managed to persevere.
"Through making this album, I remembered that story of my dad losing his sister, and it made me stronger," she explains. "Because I remembered that my father survived that, and so did my grandma and...grandpa."
"Because of that, I’m tough and I can do anything," she concludes. "And if I could bring her back, Joanne, I would."
But instead, Gaga's done the next best thing: she's living the life that her aunt never got a chance to.
"Joanne’s...making a comeback through me," says Gaga. "And...the...attitude [I have] about my life and how I wanna live it is that I really wanna live every moment like it’s my last. Because she didn’t get to live a longer life."
"I think it’s a great way to live," she adds. "‘Cause when stuff gets you down or you get stressed out, you can just remember that you can be grateful that you have one more day of life."
Gaga told Rolling Stone that the songs on Joanne are "stories about my family, my sister, my father and his sister. My mom's family."
In fact, she says the whole theme of the album is family, "because even if it's about a boyfriend or a bunch of friends, they're all my family. I don't keep people around me that aren't family. You don't get to stay. Unless you're eating at the table with us, you're not part."
ABC/Randy HolmesKaty Perry, a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton, will be campaigning on behalf of the Democratic presidential nominee this weekend.
She will appear at UNLV -- the site of Wednesday's third and final presidential debate -- on Saturday to campaign for Clinton and urge Nevadans to vote early. Saturday marks the first day of early voting in the state.
Katy showed her support for Clinton on Twitter during the debate, at one point writing, "CELEBRATE OUR DIVERSITY AND LIFT PEOPLE UP @HillaryClinton."
Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight NightKelly Clarkson and her husband Brandon Blackstock wed three years ago Thursday, and they've had a busy three years: not only has Kelly carried on her super-successful music career, but they've had two children: daughter River and son Remington. But despite their crazy lives, the couple did remember their special day in a unique matter.
Kelly posted a photo on Twitter of a tree, carved with the message "B K = Love." A heart with an arrow through it was carved above the inscription. The caption reads, "We got that young love....Happy anniversary @BBlackstock We remembered this year."
In other news, on October 28 in New York City, Kelly will be one of the speakers at an event called S.H.E. Summit, a conference that supports and helps women who want to be "socially impactful" and who "have the potential to do better in their own lives and for others." Kelly will discuss motherhood, her new children's book and how she "invests her time."
ABC/Randy HolmesForget Black Friday. Katy Perry is all about Singles’ Day this year. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s China’s biggest online shopping day of the year and it typically pulls in sales bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.
According to China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, Katy will be performing at a gala event in Shenzhen, China on November 10 to help kick off Singles’ Day. She’s also been named “global ambassador” to Alibaba, which launched the shopping holiday seven years ago.
The pairing makes sense, as Katy is quite popular in China. Fun fact: her Chinese fans affectionately refer to her as “Fruit Sister” because of her brightly colored outfits.
Collier SchorrLady Gaga continues her Dive Bar tour tonight at a mystery location, but she’s not keeping everything a secret. A promo for the tour reveals a short snippet of the title track of her upcoming album, Joanne.
In the video clip for the Bud Light-sponsored show, Gaga dances around a bar with a gal pal as the song plays. “Where do you think you’re going, girl?” she sings on the track.
The song and album title pay tribute to Gaga’s late aunt, who died 12 years before she was born.
Joanne -- which also includes the songs “Perfect Illusion,” “A-YO,” and “Million Reasons” -- comes out Friday.
ABC/Randy HolmesKnock, knock -- it's Miley Cyrus at the door.
The singer will be campaigning for Hillary Clinton this weekend in Northern Virginia by knocking on young voters’ doors. She’ll also visit students at George Mason University Saturday to speak to them about Hillary’s vision for the country and the importance of voting next month.
Miley will be urging students to visit IWillVote.com, so they’ll be prepared for Election Day November 8.
ABC/Image Group LAJustin Timberlake is saying “hi” to Bai. The singer is teaming up with the beverage company Bai Brands as an investor and the brand’s first Chief Flavor Officer.
So what exactly does that mean? Justin will be working closely with the Bai executive team on developing new flavors, marketing campaigns and digital content, among other things.
"As a father and someone who is cautious about what my family and I consume, I love what Bai stands for,” Justin says in a statement. “This partnership was created from a shared desire to help people put better ingredients in their bodies without sacrificing taste."
The drinks come in different fruity flavors, but contain no artificial sweeteners and are five calories and one gram of sugar per serving.
Getty Images via ABCLukas Graham's just done something only three other artists have managed to do this year.
The Danish band's self-titled U.S. debut album has gone gold, signifying sales of 500,000 copies. The only other debut acts to have accomplished that this year are Rachel Platten, Charlie Puth and rapper/singer Kevin Gates.
In addition, the band's breakthrough hit "7 Years" has been certified quadruple platinum, for sales of four million downloads.
The group is now gearing up for the release of a new single, "You're Not There." Their North American headline tour starts November 10 in Canada.
On top of all that, Lukas Graham is being frequently mentioned as a possibly Grammy nominee. Before they learn if they've made the cut, they'll perform at another awards ceremony: the MTV EMAs, which take place November 9 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. They're up for four trophies, including Best Song.
Brian HigbeeAndy Grammer's video for his latest hit, "Fresh Eyes," is a powerful commentary on homelessness in America. It shows him and his team visiting the Union Rescue Mission in L.A., spending time with residents and giving them new clothes, haircuts and other necessities. But says Andy: don't use the word "makeover."
"Makeover sounds cheesy...we gave people what they needed," Andy tells ABC Radio. "They have nothing, so you give somebody a jean jacket...a good shave, a solid haircut and...as far as the ladies...you put a little makeup on them and make them feel good."
As a street musician, Andy spent a lot of time with the homeless, and what he learned, he says, is that "the interaction is the most important part. You can give somebody a sandwich and that's cool, but seeing them beyond being 'homeless' is a really, really big deal."
Andy admits it's "scary" to use a video to comment on social issues. "Anytime that you do something like this… you have to push through this weird zone of, 'Is this OK? Is this a horrible idea? Am I gonna look like an idiot? Am I gonna try and profit off of people who don't have anything?'"
Ultimately, Andy profited from the experience as much as the Mission residents did.
"It was by far the best day of my year. It's unbelievable," he says. "I hope that everybody watches it and feels something like what I felt that day."
The singer also plans to continue supporting the Mission. "We're going to be raising money to go to this shelter specifically and then I also do want to...get back there and just give attention. Give love. You know, have them feel seen."
Streamline/Interscope Records"Perfect Illusion," the first single from Lady Gaga's new album Joanne, seems to be pretty polarizing. Her fans love it, but other artists...not so much. But Gaga and her collaborator on the single, Mark Ronson, aren't taking the criticism lying down.
First, Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers said in Rolling Stone that "Perfect Illusion" "sucks." Gaga responded by releasing her new single "A-YO," and then tweeting at The Chainsmokers, saying, "maybe u guys'll like this 1 better." The band, duly chastised, responded, "Haha @ladygaga RESPECT," and adding a high-five emoji.
Then, Patrick Carney of the alt-rock band The Black Keys appeared on HBO's Vice News Tonight, and said the guitar on "Perfect Illusion" "sounds so s*****." He added, "It’s like 'Eye of the Tiger,' but not even nearly as good as that. It sounds like Hulk Hogan is playing the f****** guitar."
Mark Ronson responded by retweeting the recent announcement that his song "Uptown Funk" had been certified Diamond for sales of over 10 million copies, and added, "I also remember my good friend @patrickcarney sitting in my living room, hearing uptown funk and telling me it wouldn't work." Gaga retweeted Mark's comments.
To be fair, Carney admitted that "Perfect Illusion" was "growing on" him, adding, "That’s one of those things. That’s the thing about music: The more you hear something, the more you like it. That’s why payola worked."
ABC/Fred LeeZedd’s documentary, True Colors, has arrived. The film, about the DJ-producer’s life and career, has debuted exclusively on iTunes.
The documentary features live concert footage, interviews with Zedd’s family and music industry execs, and insights from Zedd himself. In addition, it will follow fans as they attend unique color-themed events Zedd set up across the country last year in celebration of his True Colors album.
“I’m super excited to share all those intimate moments from my life and the True Colors events with you all,” Zedd says in a statement. “I wanted to give my fans an experience of a life time and I hope everyone enjoys watching it come to life."
The film will expand to other select streaming services beginning November 8.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteTaylor Swift has made New York City her home, so it’s only fitting that Manhattan should host a museum exhibit dedicated to the star. “The Taylor Swift Experience” will be coming to the city’s South Street Seaport area starting November 18.
The exhibit was first created for the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles in 2014, where it became its most popular exhibit to date. Its New York City debut marks its first opening on the East Coast.
“The Taylor Swift Experience” will feature Taylor’s costumes, handwritten lyrics, home videos and some personal photographs. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster starting today.
The exhibit will be on display through February 19. After that, it heads to the Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland, Mississippi.
S-Curve RecordsAndy Grammer's latest hit, "Fresh Eyes," is about looking at the one you love in a different light, and falling in love with them all over again. But when it came time to make the song's video, Andy wanted to focus on looking at an entire group of people in a different light: the homeless.
In the video, Andy and his team are seen visiting the Union Rescue Mission in downtown L.A. and spending time with the homeless residents there, listening to their stories. They're also shown providing the residents with haircuts, shaves, makeovers and new clothes, as well as some good food and music, courtesy of Andy. Finally, we see them receiving backpacks filled with necessities.
The video is both uplifting and touching: as the residents are turned around to look at themselves in the mirror following their makeovers, some of them actually shed tears of joy at their transformation.
At the end of the video, Andy says, "I've cared a lot about homelessness for a while now and getting to apply the 'Fresh Eyes' concept to this group who are way too often marginalized and even seen as invisible was a super-powerful experience for me."
He adds that all the proceeds from the video will go to the United Rescue Mission, and tells fans how to donate themselves if they want to support the cause.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCTaylor Swift’s bestie Lily Aldridge has something to say to all those squad haters out there -- namely, that their friendship is genuine.
"We are a really nice group of women who support each other and really, genuinely have each other’s back and it's awesome," the model tells E! News. "That's something to be about."
The squad -- which also includes Cara Delevingne, Lorde, Dakota Johnson and Zoe Kravitz -- recently hit the town together for a private Kings of Leon concert and after-party. The band’s frontman, Caleb Followill, is Lily’s husband.
So will there ever be a Kings of Leon/Taylor Swift collab? "Who knows? Maybe!” Lily says. “We're all besties.”
Meanwhile, in other Taylor news, the singer has filed a motion in Denver to seal records pertaining to her case over a groping incident back in 2013. According to the Denver Post, portions of the documents include photographs from the night of the incident, which Taylor claims proves she was inappropriately touched by a Denver radio talk-show host.
Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCHey, screaming Justin Bieber fans, can you take it down a notch? The Biebs is trying to speak.
At a recent concert in Birmingham, England, Justin stopped himself in the middle of a story to ask the crowd to quiet down.
“Can you guys do me a favor? Can you guys just relax for about two seconds?” Justin said in a fan-captured video. “I get it, I get it, but I’m like two feet away from you. And I can hear you. I appreciate all the love, it’s amazing. But can you show it in a different way? Screaming is just so obnoxious.”
The audience continued to cheer, though a few people started booing. Justin continued to explain, “I get it, it’s been in our blood and it’s ingrained -- you go to a concert and you scream and stuff. But if you could just scream after the song, enjoy the song, and then take a chill pill for a second and listen to me speak.”
He added, “I don’t feel like I’m being heard sometimes, and it gets a little frustrating. When I’m speaking, can you guys not scream at the top of your lungs?”
The fans quieted down a bit and he resumed his story. Justin has eight more tour dates in the U.K. this month.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCThe dates and locations where Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez will perform in support of Hillary Clinton have been revealed.
Katy will do a Get Out the Vote performance November 5 in Philadelphia for Clinton as part of her campaign's "Love Trumps Hate" concert series. Earlier this year, Katy performed at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Jon Bon Jovi will perform October 27 in Pittsburgh, and November 5 in Tampa, Florida, and Jennifer Lopez will sing October 29 in Miami. Earlier this year, Jon joined Clinton and Senator Cory Booker at a rally at New Jersey's Rutgers University. J-Lo endorsed Clinton last year.
In a statement, J-Lo said, "This election is one of the most important in our lifetime. Florida, home to one of my favorite cities, Miami, and millions of Latinos is a pivotal state in this election. It’s time to unify, support, and vote for the only choice that makes sense not only for Women or for Latinos, but for all Americans. Vote for Hillary. I’m with her.”
Additional details about the concerts, including ticket info, will be released soon.
Courtesy RCA RecordsBruno Mars' new single "24K Magic" just debuted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, but he's now got something better than 24-karat gold: a diamond. Diamond certification, that is.
"Uptown Funk," Bruno's collaboration with Mark Ronson, has just been certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of more than 10 million copies. In fact, it's sold more than 12 million downloads. That makes it one of only five songs that have sold 11 million copies or more in the entire history of the Gold & & Platinum program, which dates back to 1958.
Mark and Bruno are now one of only 10 acts who've scored one or more Diamond-certified singles. Tweeting his gratitude, Mark wrote, "Thank you. That's beyond any notion of a semblance of a fantasy we could have ever had."
The Grammy-winning "Uptown Funk" achieved its record-setting sales in just two years: it was released in November of 2014. It went on to top the chart for 14 weeks, making it the second-longest running #1 song in U.S. chart history.
Bruno's new album, also called 24K Magic, arrives next month.
ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend's new single "Love Me Now" is about being present and throwing yourself into a relationship, without thinking of what the future will bring. He says that's the way he looks at his own marriage to Chrissy Teigen.
"You just have to try and be with each other as much as you can, cherish every moment,” John tells Entertainment Tonight."Enjoy each moment. Go out of your way, do fun things together as a couple and as a family. And we try to do as much of that as we can while still working and you know maintaining our careers.”
John and Chrissy also feel that way about raising their baby daughter Luna.
"We just try and make every day as great as we can for her, help her grow into the kind of human we want her to be, and try and make every moment as stress-free and joyous for her as possible,” he tells ET.
John and Chrissy are friendly with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and John says he "feels really bad" about Kim's robbery in Paris.
"It makes you think about everything," he says. "The world...is not full of danger at every turn, but there is enough out there that you need to be aware of it, and be as cautious as you can while still enjoying yourself and not living in a box and kind of imprisoning yourself to the fear that something could happen.”
Bruno Mars and crew perform on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"; Will Heath/NBC
Bruno Mars will bring the funk to the American Music Awards next month when he delivers the opening performance.
Bruno’s been a winner at the American Music Awards, taking home the trophy for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist in 2011. However, although he’s performed at the Grammys even the Super Bowl, he’s never performed on the AMAs, if you can believe it.
It’s no coincidence Bruno’s performance will come just two days after his new album, 24K Magic, is scheduled for release. The title track debuted this week at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 following his performance last weekend on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
The American Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday, November 20 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.