Nicole Nodland/Warner Bros. RecordsFollowing the success of "Cool Kids," Echosmith's new single "Bright" is climbing the charts, but they have something else to celebrate today: frontwoman Sydney Sierota is turning the big 1-8.
Sydney's 18th birthday will be pretty special, not just because it's a milestone, but because she's spending it in one of the most romantic cities on Earth. "We’re actually gonna happen to be in Paris and have some days off there, so that’ll be really, really awesome," she tells ABC Radio. "A great way to spend a birthday!"
While Sydney has been to Paris before, "but only for a few hours and we were working the whole time," she tells ABC Radio. "So this will be really nice to be able to have some time to explore and to do whatever."
The band's actually been in Paris for a few days, and Sydney's Twitter feed reveals that she's already checked out Notre Dame cathedral and the Louvre Museum.
Next month, Echosmith will be in Las Vegas for the Rock in Rio USA festival, but even though Sydney will be 18, she won't be able to enjoy any of the drinking or the gambling while she's there.
"You have to be like 21, right?" she laughs. "I can’t do anything in Vegas, I guess!"
In fact, everyone in Echosmith, who are all siblings, is so young that only one member -- guitarist Jamie -- is old enough to partake in Sin City's delights. He's 22; bass player Noah is 19, and drummer Graham is just 16.
Larry Busacca/Getty ImagesMileyCyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger have broken up, a source confirms to People magazine.
"It's not a break," says a source close to the couple. "It's done."
"They're just in two different places in their lives -- he's in college and she's focused on her music and career," says the source.
The magazine reports that "by all accounts, the split is amicable."
Other sources have told Us Weeklythat the couple is taking a break after five months of dating.
One Us Weekly insider notes the relationship hasn't been the same since photos of Schwarzenegger and a female friend partying in Cabo San Lucas surfaced online last month.
“The scandal did its damage,” notes the source. “They both saw sides of each other they weren’t pleased with but they were trying to make it work.”
The two “still talk,” but aren’t “as serious or committed as [they were],” according to the insider.
The "Wrecking Ball" singer, 22, and Schwarzenegger, 21, were last spotted together dining in Los Angeles earlier this month. At the time, another source told Us Weekly that Miley had forgiven Patrick after he “begged for forgiveness,” but she “doesn’t put up with crap from guys."
NBCThe 10 remaining artists on The Voice took the stage Monday night for another round of live performances.
They had the opportunity during rehearsals to work with four of the top minds in the music business:
-- Dave Stewart, one-half of the Eurythmics who's produced and written for acts like Bono, Mick Jagger and Katy Perry, assisted Adam Levine's team.
-- Pharrell enlisted the services of OneRepublic frontman and past Voice adviser Ryan Tedder for his team.
-- Team Christina Aguilera was joined by Mark Ronson, who co-produced Christina's Back to Basics album and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks with "Uptown Funk."
-- And Team Blake Shelton collaborated with country music producer Scott Hendricks.
The broadcast opened with all 10 artists performing a medley of Elton John hits. Here's what followed:
The coaches were on their feet and clapping after Team Christina's Kimberly Nichole finished her energetic rendition of “Something’s Got a Hold On Me" by EttaJames. Adam said Kimberly has been so consistent and has momentum on her side. He added that she has a good chance of winning the competition. Christina noted that Kimberly always brings it when she takes the stage.
Team Adam's Joshua Davis sang “Hold Back The River" by British musician James Bay. Blake mentioned that Joshua brought a different vibe from previous weeks. Pharrell said Joshua demonstrated he has a "broad spectrum" to his voice. Adam said Joshua struggled a little bit with the lower register, but he was able to handle the upper register, which was a goal of theirs.
Team Blake's Hannah Kirby belted out the Tears for Fears tune "Shout." Christina said Hannah knows how to sing from her gut. Blake called Hannah a "freak of nature" as a singer.
Meghan Linsey of Team Blake took on Marc Broussard's "Home," drawing a standing ovation from the coaches. Christina said she let it all out. Adam argued that it was Meghan's best performance of the season, by far. Blake recalled that Meghan told him before the show that she was feeling good, in contrast to when she was on Team Pharrell and had some self-confidence issues.
Team Pharrell's Koryn Hawthorne slowed things down with "Make It Rain" by Ed Sheeran. Blake wondered how she could've done any better. Pharrell declared that his artist has earned the title of "inspirational singer."
Team Adam's Deanna Johnson performed the Jefferson Airplane classic "Somebody to Love." Adam said she looked like she was having fun. He continued, "I'm just happy that this girl has gotten to a point where she can go and deliver a vocal as well as you did, live, without losing your mind."
Rob Taylor of Team Christina showed off his piano skills during his version of Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You." Pharrell gushed it was "immaculate." Christina said Rob's vulnerability was on display, and she was moved.
Team Blake artist Corey Kent White sang George Strait’s "Unwound." Adam described him as "Captain Consistent." Blake pointed out that Corey experienced a lyric flub, but he learned he had to "keep on truckin'."
Sawyer Fredericks of Team Pharrell went with the Goo Goo Dolls hit "Iris." Blake raved about Sawyer's powerful voice. Pharrell called her "special, different and rare."
Team Christina's India Carney closed the night with Whitney Houston’s “Run to You.” She once auditioned for Broadway -- unsuccessfully -- with the song. Adam said whoever rejected her at that audition is an idiot. Christina said India made the song her "own beautiful thing."
Eight artists will advance on Tuesday night's results show, airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Alex LakeFresh off his Coachella debut, Hozier has announced a slew of new fall tour dates in the U.S. and Canada.
The tour will kick off September 4 in Aspen, Colorado, and make stops including New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on September 29 and the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas on October 11. The Irish singer-songwriter will close things out at the Greek Theatre in Berkley, California, on October 23.
Hozier’s current U.S. tour wraps up on May 10 in New Jersey. On May 17, he’ll perform at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Tickets for his fall North American run go on sale this Friday. Here is the list of new dates:
9/4 -- Aspen, CO, Jazz Aspen Snowmass 9/5 -- Edmonton, AB, Northlands Park 9/6 -- Calgary, AB, X Fest 9/7 -- Seattle, WA, Bumbershoot Festival 9/10 -- Saint Paul, MN, Roy Wilkins Auditorium 9/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater 9/12 -- St Louis, MO, Loufest 9/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre 9/15 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion 9/18 -- Atlanta, GA, Music Midtown 9/24 -- Tempe, AZ, Summer Ends Music Festival 9/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life is Beautiful Festival 9/27 -- Boston, MA, Boston Calling 9/29 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall 10/2 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 10/4 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Festival 10/6 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre 10/8 -- El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez Theatre 10/9 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino 10/11 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Festival 10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live 10/15 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Cost Credit Union Open Air Theatre SDSU 10/18 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 10/20 -- Portland, OR, Rose garden- Theater of the Clouds 10/22 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino- Grand Theatre 10/23 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre
Warner Bros. RecordsAdam Lambert has revealed the track listing and the cover art for his upcoming album, The Original High. The former American Idol runner-up shared the details with his fans on social media.
The cover art features a black-and-white picture of a smoldering Adam clad in a leather jacket. The track listing of 11 songs includes a collaboration with none other than Tove Lo on a song called “Rumors.” In addition, Brian May, guitarist for the legendary British rock band Queen, plays on a song titled “Lucy.” Adam, of course, has spent the last couple of years touring on-and-off with Queen as their lead singer.
The first single from the album, “Ghost Town,” premieres tomorrow, April 21. The Original High does not yet have a release date. Adam, who finished up his latest tour with Queen in February, hasn’t released an album since 2012’s Trespassing.
Here is the full track listing for The Original High:
“Ghost Town” “The Original High” “Another Lonely Night” “Underground” “There I Said It” “Rumors" (feat. Tove Lo) “Evil in the Night” “Lucy" (feat. Brian May) “Things I Didn't Say” “The Light” “Heavy Fire”
Mert Alas and Marcus PiggotYou’d think Madonna would know basic theater etiquette. The pop icon took in a performance of the Off-Broadway hip-hop musical Hamilton in New York City Saturday evening, but she was reportedly texting throughout the entire second act.
According to the New York Daily News, Madonna's rude phone usage was noticed by the show’s star, author and composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda. When Lin-Manuel took the stage at the end of the show to urge audience members to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, he mentioned that there was someone in the audience who could afford a hefty donation -- and hinted that person did a lot texting. The dig was allegedly aimed at Madonna.
Later, Lin-Manuel tweeted, “Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage #noselfieforyou.” The tweet was later removed.
Madonna has yet to comment on the alleged incident.
Brooke NiparMeghan Trainor and Ariana Grande have made People magazine’s list of the World's Most Beautiful People this year.
In a photo special on People’s website, the singers are both pictured in sexy black outfits, and their talents are praised as well as their looks. Peoplewrites of Ariana, “The only thing small about the 21-year-old ‘Love Me Harder’ singer is her frame -- Grande has impressively powerful pipes, the tallest ponytail in Hollywood and an adorable personality (made even more adorable by her frequent use of cat ears).”
The mag says about Meghan, “Despite her initial insecurities about not looking ‘like Rihanna’, Trainor has established herself as a pop force to be reckoned with -- and a totally gorgeous one at that.”
Meghan took to Twitter to express her excitement over being chosen. “CAN'T BELIEVEEEE I'm one of the @PEOPLE's Most Beautiful this year!!!! This is incredible!! Thank you so much!!” she wrote.
People will reveal its top pick for Most Beautiful Wednesday. Last year, Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o was named Most Beautiful.
Jeff Daly/NBCZayn Malik resurfaced on Twitter Monday to thank those who have supported him since he decided to leave One Direction.
“Wanna say thanks to everyone that's been there for me over the last few weeks, love you all.. you know who you are x,” Zayn wrote.
He then clarified, “The x is a kiss by the way ha it's not a mystery .. sorry to any confused ...”
Before today’s tweets, the last time Zayn tweeted was back in March, when he defended himself against rumors that he had cheated on his girlfriend, Perrie Edwards. Shortly after that tweet, he announced he was leaving One Direction.
Last week, Zayn made his first solo red carpet appearance since exiting the band, attending the Asian Awards in London with his mom as his date. He debuted his new look, which included a shaved head and a pierced nose.
The rest of his former band mates -- Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson -- are currently working on their fifth studio album.
Wanna say thanks to everyone that's been there for me over the last few weeks, love you all.. you know who you are x
ABC/Kelsey McNealAriana Grande and Big Sean are no longer making beautiful music together. The couple has called it quits after eight months of dating.
“They both deeply care for each other and remain close friends,” Ariana's rep tells ABC Radio. “We kindly ask that the media respect their wish for privacy regarding this personal matter at this time."
Insiders tellUs Weekly the couple’s conflicting schedules likely contributed to the split. Both the singer and the rapper are currently on tour, making it difficult for them to see each other. “They made the decision to part ways because their conflicting touring schedules would keep them apart over the next year,” a source says.
Just last month, Sean joined Ariana on stage at her Detroit concert. The two performed a couple of songs together and shared a kiss. Ariana and Sean had been dating since August 2014, but only confirmed they were a couple this past October.
ABC/Randy HolmesShe may be sober now, but Demi Lovato can still reminisce about her wilder days. In honor of 4/20, the unofficial holiday celebrating marijuana culture, Demi posted a photo collage on Instagram commemorating high times with Miley Cyrus and Joe Jonas.
The collage features a picture of Demi and Miley from 2009, with halos drawn above their heads. Joe’s head is pasted below, with a giant joint coming out of his mouth. Demi captioned the masterpiece: "In honor of our former escapades, I thought you'd like this to remember your first blaze.. Happy #420 @joejonas. #disneyhighclassof09."
In a 2013 New York magazine essay, Joe revealed that he smoked weed for the first time with Demi and Miley, claiming they pressured him into it. Demi and Joe briefly dated in 2010.
Miley -- who’s made no secret of her love of getting high -- was also celebrating 4/20. In a post on her own Instagram, she’s seen wearing nipple pasties with the letter "J" on them and lighting up a bong. "Happy 420," she writes. "#goodstarttodabestdayofdayear."
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Are you a Maroon 5 fan who also happens to like tennis? Then you might be in luck! A new charity auction on CharityBuzz.com allows you to bid on a chance to win a tennis warm-up session with Maroon 5’s lead guitarist James Valentine.
The winner and a friend will also get to play in the Pablove Tennis Classic presented by William Morris Endeavor. The event will take place on Sunday, May 17 at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center in Calabasas, California. Travel and accommodations are not included in the prize.
James is an avid tennis player and has played and trained with various professionals, including the Bryan Brothers, so the winner should be prepared to bring his or her A-game.
All bids benefit The Pablove Foundation, which aids in childhood cancer research. The auction is open until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 29.
Roc-A-Fella RecordsJayZ has won a legal battle against a former Roc-A-Fella sound engineer named Chauncey Mahan, who was claiming ownership of the rapper's masters for The Life and Times of S. Carter and The Dynasty, reports TMZ.
Mahan filed a lawsuit against Jay Z and Roc Nation in July. He wanted a judge to declare him a co-owner of master recordings of the albums that he worked on with Jay Z and Beanie Sigel between 1999 and 2000.
However, the judged ruled that Mahan waited too long to file a lawsuit in the matter.
Cliff Lipson/CBSA terminally ill man and his bride received a hard-to-top wedding present last week: a recorded video message from their musical idol, Ed Sheeran. The singer advised the couple to drink, dance and “have a lot of sex” on their big day.
According to the Daily Mail, leukemia patient Jack Jordan, 23, and his fiancée Laura Cant, 24, were married at Torbay Hospital Chapel in Devon, England Thursday, just a few days after Jack was told he had less than three weeks to live.
Ed got wind of the nuptials and while he couldn’t be there in person, he taped a special congratulatory video just for them. “Hope you have an amazing wedding and drink a lot, dance a lot, have a lot of sex, ‘cause you should be doing that,” he said. “Have a wonderful time.”
Jack was initially supposed to undergo a bone marrow transplant and had planned to marry Laura after the surgery. But when he became too sick to have the operation, the couple was forced to put a rush on the ceremony and hold it at the hospital.
This isn’t the first time Ed has helped make a couple’s wedding dreams come true. Last month, he surprised an Australian couple by singing at their reception.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameRingoStarr playing with Green Day, and then reuniting with Paul McCartney on the same night? It's the kind of stuff that only happens at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held this past weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. As usual, the very, very long night featured a mix of once-in-a-lifetime performances, emotional speeches and plenty of rock and roll attitude.
The show opened with inductees Joan Jett & the Blackhearts walking onstage to perform "Bad Reputation." They were then joined by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl for "Cherry Bomb," the song made famous by Jett's previous band The Runaways. Next, it was "Crimson & Clover," performed with Grohl and Tommy James, the man who wrote it, not to mention Miley Cyrus. Miley, who cites Joan as her biggest inspiration, inducted the band by beginning her speech, "I wanna start this...by telling you about the first time I wanted to have sex with Joan Jett."
Joan herself received a standing ovation, and, while tearing up, told the crowd, "I was really gonna try not to cry and be tough but that's a little overwhelming there!" She made an impassioned plea for the true meaning of rock and roll, explaining, "We've become so conditioned to measuring our music's impact in dollar signs only, that we can forget what it's really about: the music! Emotion, expression, giving a voice to those who aren't satisfied fitting into whatever box they were given." She also thanked pretty much every single person who ever had anything to do with her career.
Here's a rundown of the show's other highlights:
--It's certainly a thrill anytime the two surviving Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, get together, and McCartney was on hand to induct Ringo into the Hall. He was the last of the Beatles to get in as a solo artist, and McCartney campaigned hard to get his old friend the honor. In his speech, McCartney recalled how he, George Harrison and John Lennon knew Ringo was the right drummer for them when he was able to play a tricky Ray Charles song that few could get correct. "Ringo nailed it!" said Paul delightedly.
"He just is something so special," he added. "I mean, when he's playing behind you...a lot of these bands...they're looking 'round at the drummer, like, 'Is he going to speed up? Is he going to slow down?' You don't have to look with Ringo, it just is there." Ringo, the night's final inductee, then took the stage and gave a lengthy speech about his life and career, even giving up-and-coming bands this pearl of wisdom: "When you're in the van, if you fart, own up!" He then joined Green Day to perform the Shirelles' hit "Boys," and finally, all the inductees and presenters jammed out on "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "I Wanna Be Your Man."
--John Mayer inducted his all-time idol, the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble. Mayer's eloquent speech was built around the concept that Vaughan, who died in a helicopter crash in 1990, was "the ultimate guitar hero," and introduced blues to the MTV generation by presenting it in a modern way. He also revealed that it was Vaughan, who battled substance abuse only to emerge clean and sober, who inspired him to reject drugs and alcohol throughout his career.
Vaughan's brother Jimmie Vaughan of the Fabulous Thunderbirds accepted on his brother's behalf, saying, "I just want you to know I couldn't be more proud of him. He was the most wonderful, cool, talented little brother anybody could ever have." Then, Vaughan, Double Trouble, Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. performed Vaughan's hits "Pride and Joy" and "Texas Flood," as well as Jimmie Vaughan's 1994 tribute to his brother, "Six Strings Down."
--Reclusive soul singer Bill Withers, known for his hits "Lovely Day," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me" and "Use Me," was inducted by Stevie Wonder, who admitted that he wished he had written some of Withers' hits. Withers then took the stage for the night's most rambling and most hilarious speech. "This has got to be the largest AA meeting in the Western Hemisphere," he joked to the audience. He finished by saying, "It's been a wonderful, odd odyssey with ups, downs and sometimes screw-me-arounds, but I will always remember the good things. Bottom line is, check this out: Stevie Wonder knows my name and the brother just put me in the Hall of Fame!"
Stevie then performed "Ain't No Sunshine," John Legend performed "Use Me," and then Stevie, Legend and Withers himself all sang "Lean on Me."
--Fall Out Boy inducted Green Day, with both singer Patrick Stump and bass player Pete Wentz explaining why, to them, Green Day is the epitome of punk rock. Listing all the band's most "punk rock" accomplishments, Wentz spoke of the band's magnum opus, American Idiot, by saying, "When, in an era of basically no socially-conscious discourse in pop music, you put out a scathingly political rock opera and somehow managed to make that your career-redefining, Grammy-winning, smash-hit second act, that was insanely f***ing punk rock!" He ended the speech by saying, "So let some Reddit feed argue the definition of punk rock. Me? I already have my answer."
Billie Joe Armstrong took the stage to talk about the band's early beginnings, his family, his long friendship with his band mates Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt, and his passion for music. "I love rock and roll music, I always have, soon as I opened my eyes and took my first breath - I am a fan," he told the crowd. "And that's the one thing that I'm gonna close with, is that I love rock and roll and I'll love it for the rest of my life." Drummer Tre Cool spoke of the band's tight bond, saying, "We grow older, and we change, and we get weirder, and crazier and, it's awesome. We grow together, and with every beat of the drum, our love for music gets even stronger." Green Day then performed "American Idiot," "When I Come Around" and "Basketcase."
--The most emotional moment of the evening came during the induction of the late Lou Reed, already a member of the Rock Hall as part of the Velvet Underground. His longtime friend Patti Smith inducted him, and choked up while reminiscing about their friendship. "Thank you for brutally and benevolently injecting your poetry into music," she said. Then, Reed's partner of 21 years, artist and musician Laurie Anderson, took the stage for a speech in which she remembered Lou, not just as a great artist, but as the man who loved her, and who died in her arms. She also asked the crowd to chant "Looouuu!" "one more time."
Next, Karen O and Nick Zinner of the alt-rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed Reed's classic "Vicious," while recent Grammy winner Beck took the stage to sing "Satellite of Love." Nate Ruess of .fun was supposed to perform but he was nowhere to be found.
The other inductees included The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which helped electric blues cross over to a wider audience in the sixties, and the R&B vocal group the "5" Royales, whose members all unfortunately had passed away.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air May 30 on HBO.
LifetimeDuring a concert appearance in Dallas Saturday night, Bobby Brown made a surprising announcement about his daughter Bobbi Kristina, who had reportedly been unresponsive since January 31, when she was discovered unconscious in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home.
"Bobbi is awake!" the 46-year-old singer exclaimed to wild applause, according to video TMZ posted of the announcement. "She's watching me."
That would be news indeed if it is confirmed; last official word was the 22-year-old daughter of Brown and the late Whitney Houston was moved out of Emory University Hospital in Georgia to a long-term care facility after attempts were made to wake her from a medically-induced coma.
Brown's attorney, Christopher Brown, told ABC News in response to a request for comment, "I am aware of my client's comments last night. I have nothing additional to add."
Bobby Brown's news appears to be supported by a message from his sister, Tina Brown, who shared a Facebook post Sunday from a friend that declares, in part, "Please don't stop praying for Bobbi Kris even though she is off life support and she has woke [sic] up."
RCA RecordsJustinTimberlake just shared the first public photo of his new son, and, predictably, the baby is adorable.
Justin on Sunday uploaded a picture to Instagram of wife Jessica Biel holding little Silas Randall Timberlake, who's wearing a Memphis Grizzlies shirt. The singer wrote, "The Timberlakes are ready!!! GO GRIZZ! #GritNGrind #Playoffs #BabyGrizzROAR."
The Grizzlies beat the Portland Trailblazers in the opening game of their first-round NBA playoff series on Sunday.
Justin and Jessica welcomed Silas, their first child, earlier this month.
Elisabeth Caren/Atlantic RecordsWhat did it take to knock Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" out of the #1 spot after 14 weeks? The combined power of a box office blockbuster, and an emotional tribute to a beloved actor who's no longer with us.
"See You Again," the touching Wiz Khalifa/Charlie Puth [pooth] collabo from the soundtrack of Furious 7, took over the top of the Billboard 100 last week, ending "Uptown Funk's" 14-week reign. The record-setting movie's soundtrack also topped the chart. So what was Charlie Puth's reaction when he found out that suddenly, he was #1?
"I found out I was number one when I got a text message from my publisher at seven a.m. in the morning," Charlie tells ABC Radio. "I was really tired, but I wanted to be excited at the same time, so I had this very, like, interesting reaction of being very excited but yawning and stretching at the same time...like, 'Oh my God!....Yeah!...but I wanna sleep more.'"
Charlie still can't believe that it was his song that managed to end "Funk's" seemingly endless reign. "I didn't think it was going to happen. I didn't think we were going to dethrone 'Uptown Funk,' because it's such a groundbreaking record," he tells ABC Radio. "I was happy when my record went in the top ten. I was like, 'Wow, well if it ends there, that's totally fine.' But the fact that it took its spot is just incredible!"
Charlie and his co-writer, Justin Franks, were tapped to write the melody and hook for "See You Again," and they were specifically instructed to make the song a tribute to the late Paul Walker, one of the stars of the Fast & Furious franchise, who died in a car crash in 2013.
"The way we wrote it was, 'What would Vin Diesel's last text message be to Paul?'" Charlie explains, referring to the other star of the franchise. "Like, 'What would be his final message be to him?' And that ended up being: 'Everything that we're doing right now, I'll tell you all about it when I eventually see you again.' And we just looked at each other, me and Justin, like, 'Wow, that's pretty powerful.'"
"So we finished it," he continues. "And it was such a crazy, emotional thing, that we ended up writing the whole chorus in, like, 10 minutes."
Obviously, Charlie and Justin did a great job in capturing just the right feel for the song, which is surprising considering that Charlie admits he's not the world's biggest Fast & Furious fan.
"I'm not gonna say I saw every single movie. I did see the first one," he tells ABC Radio. "But I was really familiar with how much people were infatuated by the lifestyle of Paul Walker, and everything car-related, so I wanted to make a record that, for people who grew up with Paul and the franchise."
"I wanted to make a record for them, that they could...feel -- [not] like they left a funeral -- [but] like they had a part of his life. They could honor his life."
Charlie is currently working on writing and recording his debut EP for Atlantic Records. This summer, he's touring with Meghan Trainor, who duets with him on his song "Marvin Gaye." He also appears briefly in her "Dear Future Husband" video.
He explained, "When I was at school and wasn't having a great time or when music wasn't going very well. I would eat, eat. Eating would make me feel better. When I felt lonely I would eat."
Smith, 22, said that he is more offended when people make comments about his weight than when people utter slurs about his sexuality.
Smith noted, "If someone called me fat, that affects me way more than someone calling me a f*****." He added, "I think just because I've accepted that, if someone calls me a f*****, it's like, I am gay and I'm proud to be gay so there's no issues there."
Courtesy ABCIt's called the Academy of Country Music Awards, but this Sunday night's 50th anniversary installment of the ACM telecast will include some of pop's biggest stars.
Kelly Clarkson will present an award at the show -- not surprising, since her stepmother-in-law Reba McEntire is one of the performers, and her husband Brandon Blackstock manages another one of the performers, Blake Shelton.
Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera, currently part of a multi-episode story arc on ABC's Nashville, will perform one of her Nashville songs, "Shotgun," on the telecast, and also duet with country stars Rascal Flatts on their song "Riot." In addition, Nick Jonas will be performing with country duo Dan Shay.
Other stars taking part in the awards telecast include American Idol judge Keith Urban, former American Idol judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Beth Behrs, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line and Garth Brooks. The show airs Sunday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET, live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.