ABC/ Ida Mae Astute Last month, controversial British journalist and TV personality Katie Hopkinstweeted some extremely nasty comments about Kelly Clarkson, criticizing her for her weight and her appearance. Well, if Hopkins was hoping to shame Kelly into going on a diet, she's failed, because the singer just doesn't give a hoot.
Asked what she thought of Hopkins' tweets -- one of which asked, "Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers?" -- Kelly told the British magazine Heat, ""I don't have a clue what you're talking about. Someone tweeted something about me?" After it was explained to Kelly who Hopkins is, Kelly laughed, "Oh, and she's tweeted something nasty about me? That's because she doesn't know me. I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will."
"I've just never cared what people think," she added. "It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good, that's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family -- I don't seek out any other acceptance."
While unknown in the U.S., Hopkins is well known in the U.K., for, among other things, openly criticizing anyone who is overweight. In fact, she even starred in a reality show in which she purposely gained and then lost about 40 pounds, to show that people are capable of dieting successfully and have no excuse for being obese.
ABC/Randy HolmesAfter her own struggles with self-image, Demi Lovato wants her fans to know that looks aren’t everything. The 22-year-old singer spoke to E! News about unrealistic beauty standards while promoting her Tampax Always Radiant campaign in Los Angeles this week.
"Your body is going to change, your looks are going to change, you're going to have great hair and makeup days, you're going to have bad hair and makeup days -- it doesn't define who you are,” she explained. “At the end of the day, who you are is who people really see.”
Last week, Demi shared an Instagram photo of herself in a bikini, to show her fans that she doesn’t have a “thigh gap” and she’s ok with that. "For some reason this whole thigh gap thing has kind of swept over what people think is beautiful," Demi told E!. "And if you have that naturally then that's totally fine, you're still beautiful. But my body doesn't naturally have that. I wanted to show my fans out there who don't naturally have [the thigh gap] that it's okay. You don't have to have what you see in the magazines if that's not what your body naturally has."
Demi strives to be a role model to young girls, but she also looks to role models of her own for inspiration. "Some of the women that really inspire me, I would say I've become really close with Jennifer Lopez," she said. "She's such a strong, confident woman that she's really helped me with learning that stuff and she's just such an inspirational person and so empowering and if there's anybody that's super radiant and confident, it's her."
School Boy/Interscope RecordsThe much buzzed-about Carly Rae Jepsen video, starring Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, has an official premiere date. The “I Really Like You” video is set to debut on Bravo Media this Friday.
Beginning Wednesday night, the network will run on-air promotions for the reality show Newlyweds: The First Year featuring Carly's catchy new tune. Then on March 6, the video for the song will premiere on BravoTV.com’s The Daily Dish at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
Carly recently told ABC Radio that the video will follow a day in the life of Tom Hanks, as he prepares to join the singer for her music video. It’s sort of a “video inside of a video,” she said. Justin Bieber also makes a cameo.
A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaLady Gaga already received praise from Julie Andrews for her Sound of Music Oscars tribute, and now another Sound of Music star has given her the stamp of approval.
Christopher Plummer, who played Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 film, tells Deadline he thought Gaga’s performance at the February 22 ceremony was “just wonderful.” He especially liked that she kept the music’s classic style. “She sang it so well in the style of the piece and she didn’t add any modern rock sounds,” the 85-year-old says. “She did it straight and she has a lovely voice.”
PLummer, who won his first Oscar in 2012 for his role in Beginners, wasn’t able to make the ceremony this year, but he says it was just as well. He wanted Julie Andrews to have her moment. “I didn’t go to the Oscars because first of all I couldn’t, and the second thing, it was a tribute to her,” he says. “I would’ve looked stupid being there and not doing anything.”
The actor will get his own moment on March 27, when his hands and footprints are immortalized at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music.
Republic RecordsJennifer Lawrence said she hated having to sing on camera for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, but we’re guessing she may have changed her tune about the experience now. The actress has been nominated for her haunting rendition of “The Hanging Tree” at this year’s MTV Movie Awards, just one month after the song was certified platinum.
J. Law is competing in the Best Musical Moment category against Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in Neighbors, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton Twins, and Miles Teller in Whiplash. We’d say she has a good shot, being that her “musical moment” is the only one out of the nominees that became a bona fide radio hit.
You can vote for Jennifer and all of your favorites at MovieAwards.MTV.com. The 2015 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Amy Schumer, will air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles April 12.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTVTaylor Swift, Selena Gomez and a bunch of their best gal pals got together Tuesday night to celebrate Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello's 18th birthday.
The group made it a stay-at-home bash, complete with two cakes, party hats and a tiara for the birthday girl. Taylor Instagrammed a picture from the soiree as the girls sang “Happy Birthday to You” to Camila. Selena also posted a photo from the night, with the caption: "Camila_Cabello happy birthday my nugget. #girlsnighttothefullest."
Other famous besties in attendance included the sister band Haim, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland. Jaime King, who recently appointed Taylor godmother of her unborn child, was also there to celebrate.
Image Group LA/ABCJordin Sparks’ new album, Right Here, Right Now, is due out in May. And yes, it will include a couple of songs inspired by her breakup with Jason Derulo.
"Everybody takes experiences from their personal life and puts it in there because that's how you get the real emotion, that’s how you get the real story,” Jordin tells E! News. “That's how that one fan that is laying in her room puts on your record and she cries with you because she feels it with you …I’ve always drawn from personal experiences to sing songs.”
Jordin and Jason split last September after dating for three years. Jordin, 25, explains that she’s been able to channel these experiences of love and heartbreak in ways she wasn’t able to do when she was younger. "When I was 17 and I put out my first record, I had never been in love like that before,” she says. “So doing a song like ‘No Air,’ I had to imagine what it would feel like to lose somebody that I loved that much.”
She adds, “Now, I know what it feels like to feel like I can't get out of bed in the morning because it hurts so bad or feel like I can't breathe, but I also know the other side. Like, I know what those butterflies feel like."
While the breakup-inspired songs might have come from a painful place, Jordin's latest single, "Double Tap," was inspired by something not nearly as heavy: Instagram. Released Tuesday, “Double Tap” features rapper 2 Chainz, who coincidentally also worked with Jason on the song “Talk Dirty.”
"So you double-tap to 'like' a picture, so there are a couple of ways you could take it,” Jordin explains. “For me, in the song, I take it as a girl knowing that there's a guy looking at her pictures, but he won't like them because he doesn't want her to know. And she's like 'I bet you're not going to double-tap that picture.'"
"Double Tap" is available on iTunes now. If you pre-order Jordin’s new album from her website, you'll get your name featured on the album booklet’s “thank you” page.
Alex KirzhnerFlo Rida has a new EP on the way and he’s launching a campaign to get fans hyped for its release.
The rapper will be dropping new songs, videos, contests and other major announcements in the weeks leading up to the April 7 release of the My House EP. He’s calling the campaign “Flo Madness,” because it coincides with the college basketball's "March Madness" NCAA tournament. The hotly anticipated EP includes some interesting collaborations, like the track “I Don’t Like It, I Love It,” featuring Robin Thicke and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White.
Anyone pre-ordering the EP now will receive an instant download of Flo Rida’s newest single, “Once in a Lifetime.” The video for that song was released Tuesday. Additional instantly available tracks, including “I Don’t Like It, I Love It,” will be made available bi-weekly preceding the EP’s release.
Trae Patton/NBCThe blind auditions continued on NBC's The Voice Tuesday night. Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams once again sat in their rotating chairs as they listened to more singers and continued to build their teams.
Tuesday’s show included a U.S. Army soldier who started singing in the West Point Band as a means of jump-starting his singing career. He received a four-chair turnaround.
At the conclusion of Tuesday's blind auditions, Blake added four more artists to his team, for a total of 11. Pharrell added two more, bringing his total to 10. Christina tacked on four more artists, bringing the total number of members on her team to 11. Adam picked up three more artists, for a total of 11.
Here are the highlights of Tuesday's blind auditions:
Ashley Morgan, 26, is a backup singer looking to move to the front of the stage. She sang Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and got Pharrell and Blake to turn around. After telling the coaches she wanted to make music that makes an impact on the world, Shelton insisted country can change people’s lives. However, Pharrell’s assertion that her talent and experience is just what the show is looking for, convinced her to choose his team.
Koryn Hawthorne, 16, counts her mom, a single parent who raised the singer and her brother, as her biggest inspiration. Koryn said her mom is her biggest supporter. By turning a chair, Koryn hoped to prove everything her mother’s done for her hasn’t been in vain. She tackled Emeli Sandé’s “My Kind of Love” and convinced Christina and Pharrell to turn their chairs. Pharrell said she had talent but showed humility. As Pharrell and Christina tried to convince Koryn to join their respective teams, Pharrell hugged Christina to show it was just a friendly competition between them. Then Adam poked fun by hugging Blake. Koryn picked Christina.
Lexi Dávila, 17, dedicated her performance to her late grandfather, a nightclub singer who she says would’ve been proud to see her auditioning for a spot in the competition. Her version of Selena’s “Dreaming of You” got Adam and Blake to push their buttons. Levine didn’t think her performance was perfect, but felt much of that was due to her youth and a touch of nerves. He also thought there were moments that were spectacular. Shelton agreed, noting that she need help to overcome her nerves, something he excels at. She picked Adam.
Next up, was Spokane, Washington, native Brenna Yaeger, who grew up in a log cabin her dad built. They eventually moved out of the cabin after her parents divorced, and it inspired her song choice, Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.” Adam pushed his button, as did Blake. Levine, noticing the 21-year-old was shaking, walked over and hugged her. Shelton noted that it took a lot of nerve to tackle a song that was so close to his heart, but she pulled it off. She chose Blake’s team.
Jeremy Gaynor, 30, decided to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps and join the military. He's in the Army and is the male lead vocalist for the West Point Band. He performed an R&B-infused version of The Carpenters' “Superstar” that got Christina to immediately turn her chair around, with Adam, Pharrell and Blake eventually following suit. Shelton called the contestant “a stud,” as well as a great singer. He acknowledged he may not seem like the perfect coach for Gaynor, but insisted he could “carry [Jeremy] through the gauntlet of The Voice.” The other coaches played up Jeremy’s military background, pointing out the strong work ethic they share. Adam said the “charm” of how Gaynor performed added to his vocal gift. Christina said her father was an army sergeant and she emphasized her R&B roots. Pharrell said Jeremy was living his dream and assured the singer he was on his way. Gaynor chose Team Aguilera.
Country singer Jack Gregori practiced law and ran a real estate title company, until it went bust several years ago as a result of the financial crisis. Jack decided to follow his dream and pursue a music career. He tackled Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire" and managed to convince only Adam to push his button. Adam praised Gregori’s “true baritone voice.” Shelton noted that Gregori would give Adam a chance to do something he’d been dreaming of for a while -– beat him with a country singer. Gregori is on Team Adam.
The next contestant, Briar Jonnie, hails from a town in Mississippi that’s so small it doesn’t even have a grocery store. For her blind audition, she chose Rihanna's “Take a Bow,” convincing Blake and Pharrell to turn their chairs around. Blake praised Briar’s vibrato and said they were a perfect match because they both came from small towns. Pharrell said he heard someone who could sing, but also heard some nerves and promised he could cure them. Briar picked Pharrell as her coach.
Brian Johnson started pursuing music in college, but put his career on hold to help out his dad, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. His dream to have Adam turn around and become his Voice coach came true when Levine immediately pressed his button as Johnson sang Rod Stewart’s “Someone Like You.” As an added bonus, Blake also turned his chair around. Adam called the performance “engaging.” Blake noted Brian sang with heart and made it look easy. Blake really scored points with Brian by noting that he didn’t have anyone like him on his team. It was that statement that convinced Brian to change his mind and choose Blake.
The last artist of the show was Oklahoma native, Corey Kent White. White revealed the moment that changed his life was having Willie Nelson invite him onstage to sing “Milk Cow Blues” with him during one of his concerts. Corey chose Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” for his blind audition and got Blake and Pharrell to turn their chairs around. Blake, who also hails from Oklahoma, mentioned that he coached another pair of former Voice contestants and fellow Okies, The Swon Brothers. Pharrell wasn’t going down without a fight though. He walked over to Corey and reminded him that he pushed his button first. Adam got into the debate, noting that Blake only coached The Swon Brothers to a third place finish. Corey’s Oklahoma roots ran too deep though, and he went with Blake.
The blind auditions on The Voice will continue Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
Turns out Lady Gaga isn't confirmed after all to perform Saturday at this year's annual commemoration of the famed Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama, civil rights marches.
A Tuesday story on AL.com declared Gaga would perform after a speech by President Obama at Selma, Alabama's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March 7, 1965 event, dubbed "Bloody Sunday" after 600 unarmed protesters were attacked by police at the city's Edmund Pettus Bridge, galvanizing public support for the Voting Rights Act.
AL.com now quotes the commemoration's executive director as saying Gaga's participation is "not confirmed but tentative." Billboard further reports Gaga's people have issued a cease-and-desist letter to event organizers.
Also in the "tentative" column now is the publicized participation of Gaga's "Do Want U Want" duet partner, R. Kelly. No word on whether U2's Bono will make an appearance, as was also stated.
Former President George W. Bush and members of the cast of the Oscar-nominated film, Selma, which depicts events surrounding the marches, also are expected to attend, as will American Idol winner Ruben Studdard.
Anniversary events begin Thursday and run through Monday. Participants will reenact the “Bloody Sunday” march.
ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteKelly Clarkson is having a moment. After taking time off to welcome her first child, River Rose, the Grammy-winning singer is back with a new album, Piece by Piece, and a newly announced tour. And Kelly says her contentment with her personal life -- husband, baby and two stepkids -- has her super-excited for the future, whatever it may bring.
"I mean, this is gonna sound so cheesy but I have the most successful marriage and I have the best kids ever and I just feel like anything is possible at this point," Kelly tells ABC Radio. "And I’ve always kinda been that kid, but I just feel like they make me so much more empowered. And I have a couple of other things in the works because they’ve been inspiring me, so we’ll see. It’s going to be a very different next decade."
Those "other things" might include a future stint on Broadway, a country album and more. But for now, Kelly is focusing on Piece by Piece, the album she recorded while she was pregnant with River. Unlike her previous albums, Kelly didn't co-write the bulk of the material, because she had such a difficult pregnancy and was constantly sick. Instead, she recorded songs written by others, and she's pleased with the results.
"This is the first album I didn’t write too much...I just was feeling so down," Kelly tells ABC Radio. "And so it was interesting. I mean, I have a lot of singer-songwriter friends, so that helped! And then, also, it was interesting just to tell people, 'Hey, we’re looking for these kind of songs,'” and to see what everybody submitted. It was a different process for this album, and I loved it."
As a result, Piece by Piece is an interesting mix of upbeat, danceable tunes, heartfelt ballads, a handful of very personal songs written Kelly, a duet with John Legend and two tracks co-written by Sia. "Yeah, it was just a lot of randomness on this album, but it all kind of fit together," Kelly tells ABC Radio. "And [it] was very much just my mood while I was trying to climb out of the rabbit hole of pregnancy."
One unexpected benefit of recording the album while pregnant, Kelly says, was the way she was able to bring extra emotion to the material.
"It is a different thing, it’s hard to describe to people," she says. "Like, you just feel everything a hundred percent more. Everything is enhanced when you’re pregnant. And there are good and bad points of that, ‘cause when I was feeling sick it would be really bad, but when I wasn’t, you’d get these really raw emotional vocals, and they would just be even more vulnerable than normal, so I loved it."
Kelly jokes that she liked that experience so much that she might insist on being "knocked up" for the follow-up to Piece by Piece, too. "I probably will be [pregnant] while recording the next one, 'cause I do want another baby," she laughs.
Meanwhile, the singer will launch her Piece by Piece tour July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. And how different will it be hitting the road with baby River in tow?
"This is gonna sound funny-slash-horrible but I already traveled with two dogs beforehand, so now I’ve just kind of switched out," Kelly laughs. "Dogs are harder! Like, I have a baby and I’m telling you: dogs are harder to keep up with than my baby!"
Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsIs Chris Brown a proud papa?
TMZ is reporting that Chris is the father of a nine-month-old girl whose mom is a former model named Nia. The website says Chris has known Nia, 31, for years, but is not currently romantically involved with her.
It's unclear what kind of support Chris is providing the child. TMZ says the 25-year-old singer is happy that he's a parent.
Chris has recently been spotted with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.
Credit: Harper SmithEver wonder just how much a smash hit song is worth? The ongoing copyright infringement suit over "Blurred Lines," is offering a glimpse at hit music finances, and yes, it's big money.
An accounting statement revealed in court shows that the biggest song of 2013 generated more than $16.6 million in profits, of which Thicke received more than $5.6 million. Pharrell, who co-wrote, produced and appeared on the song, earned more than $5.1 million from it; while T.I.'s guest verse was worth more than $700,000 to him.
Testimony is proceeding in a Los Angeles court in a suit brought by the family of Marvin Gaye accusing Thicke and his co-writers of plagiarizing Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" for "Blurred Lines."
In addition to seeking a big chunk of the $16 million that "Blurred Lines" has earned, the Gaye family is seeking some portion of Thicke's touring profits as well as damages of as much as $40 million arguing that "Blurred Lines" has reduced licensing value of "Got to Give It Up."
Pharrell is due on the stand Wednesday.
Thicke also has a second song to defend -- the family is also alleging that Thicke's "Love After War" misappropriated Gaye's "After the Dance."
Dana Edelson/NBCWith a baby on the way, it seems Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are closer than ever. Justin posted the sweetest birthday message for his pregnant wife Tuesday.
The singer and dad-to-be uploaded a cute photo of the smiling couple to Instagram, along with the caption, “Happy Bday to the sweetest, most GORGEOUS, goofiest, most BAD-ASS chick I know. You make me smile 'til it hurts. I love you like crazy! --Your Huz.”
Jessica, who turned 33 Tuesday, is reportedly due to give birth in April. Last week, Justin surprised her on the New Orleans set of her new movie The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. And over the weekend, the two were spotted on a cozy double date with Jessica’s co-star Mary Steenburgen and her husband Ted Danson.
Jeff Daly/NBCLet's get one thing straight: One Direction isn't breaking up. But that doesn't mean the guys can't do a few things on the side here and there. For example, Zayn Malik has recorded a song with a top British producer...and 1D's label boss Simon Cowell doesn't have a problem with it.
Naughty Boy, best known in the U.S. for the song "La La La," which featured a then-unknown Sam Smith on vocals, tells the British paperThe Sun, "Zayn is going to feature on my next album. We’re making music and having fun. This is just like a side gig and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it."
"It’s a good time for Zayn to showcase what he really can do," he adds. "I don’t think that is being fully exploited within the band because there are five people and it needs to be balanced out. They all have something to show the world as individuals. They can always come back together and do their thing. I don’t think they will ever split up."
Naughty Boy, whose last album featured Sam, Ed Sheeran, Bastille and Emeli Sande, tells the Sun that Simon Cowell is fine with the lads branching out.
"Simon’s very happy with the song and supports the whole thing....I know Simon loves every one of them and wants them to stay together," reveals the producer. "I still think there’s nothing wrong with trying different things. They are all experimenting and dabbling but I think the band will be together for the next 20 years.”
ABC/Lou RoccoYou can’t deny Taylor Swift has widespread appeal. Her songs have the power to soothe even the crankiest babies.
The singer posted a video to Twitter Monday of a 6-month-old baby named Rosie who only stops crying when Taylor’s song “Blank Space” is playing. Taylor wrote in response to the YouTube video: “THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN.”
It's good to know Taylor has a way with babies. She was just named godmother to her pal Jamie King’s yet-to-be-born second child. This trick might come in handy if she babysits!
Vincent Perini/222 Recordings/Interscope RecordsNoel Gallagher, formerly of British superstar rockers Oasis, has been randomly attacking pop stars in a variety of interviews lately...and his latest targets are Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift.
Noel, who earlier this year went after Ed Sheeran, saying, "I can’t live in a world where Ed Sheeran sells out Wembley stadium,” disses Adam Levine and crew in a new interview with Vogue magazine.
"As long as the music’s good, nobody cares about what you f**ing wear," says Gallagher, as part of a discourse on music and fashion. "If your songs are OK, then your songs will seem better if you look good -- like those f**wits from Maroon 5. The tattoos take your mind off the fact that they’re s**t. OK?"
Later on in the interview, Gallagher gets another dig in: he says, "Stagecraft is beneath me. That guy from Maroon 5 -- he needs stagecraft."
As for Taylor, he attacks her in an interview with Rolling Stone. When the magazine says that many have praised her songwriting skills, Gallagher scoffs, "Who says that? Her parents?" When the Rolling Stone writer responds, "Lots of people," Gallagher says, "Who's 'people?' Name these people. You're f**ing lying. She seems like a nice girl, but no one has ever said those words, and you f**king know it."
Also in the Rolling Stone interview, Gallagher also puts down One Direction. He calls them "lovely lads," but adds, "I have difficulties with people who don't write their own songs, who've got a team of songwriters who work for your record label."
But when the interviewer points out that One Direction actually does co-write many of their own songs, and adds that may of the biggest and most legendary Motown stars had a team of writers at their record label providing them with material, Gallagher doesn't buy it.
"If you're trying to insinuate that what's going on now is akin to what was going on at Motown -- what, were you out late eating magic mushrooms?" he says. "Not equivalent. Not in the slightest."
Gallagher currently has a solo career. With Oasis in the '90s, he scored hits like "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova."
Courtesy of Comedy CentralThe latest promo for the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber was released, and it spoofs Justin’s Calvin Klein ad.
In the clip, a shirtless Justin plays the drums and poses, just like in his real Calvin ad -- but this time, Roastmaster General Jeff Ross plays the role of the female model. Jeff, wearing a long blonde wig and a shirt that exposes his less-than-toned tummy, proceeds to make Justin very uncomfortable.
“Who is this guy?” Justin finally asks. “Hey man, I’m your worst nightmare,” Jeff responds.
The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber airs March 30. Comedian Kevin Hart will serve as host.