Brian Bowen Smith/NBCWant to learn how to belt out a song like Christina Aguilera? Well, you're in luck. The Grammy winner will be teaching an online singing class this fall. Christina has signed on to be the newest instructor for MasterClass, a San Francisco-based company that makes it possible for everyone to learn a craft directly from an expert in that field.
“I’m excited MasterClass has given me the opportunity to truly share all I have learned about my craft with the world,” Christina said in a statement. “Coaching in this capacity not only gives me a chance to connect with my fans but lets me explore one of my true passions.”
According to the co-founder of MasterClass, Aaron Rasmussen, Christina’s class will show students the “tips, tricks, exercises, and some of the surprising mental techniques behind having one of the most impressive vocal ranges in music today.”
Each MasterClass is priced at $90 and includes 10 to 25 video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, learning materials and lifetime access to the lessons. MasterClass currently offers an acting class from Dustin Hoffman, a tennis class from Serena Williams and a writing class from author James Patterson.
Production on Christina’s class will begin in September. The class will be made available later this fall.
Credit: Eliot Lee HazelIf you're an Imagine Dragons fan and a Citi/AAdvantage cardmember, you're in luck. Dan Reynolds and company are playing a private concert at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on September 28, and the only way to get tickets is with a Citi/AAdvantage credit card.
Tickets to Imagine Dragons' private Hollywood Palladium show will go on sale September 1 at 10 a.m. PT via CitiPrivatePass.com.
Imagine Dragons completed their North American tour earlier this month in support of their sophomore album, Smoke Mirrors. Aside from the private L.A. show, the band's lone remaining U.S. date this year is their headlining set at the Life Is Beautiful festival September 26, held in their hometown of Las Vegas.
Last week, Imagine Dragons debuted a new track called "Roots." The non-album single is the band's first new song since releasing Smoke Mirrors back in February, where it debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200.
Hollywood/Island/SafehouseMonday night, Jimmy Kimmel welcomed Demi Lovato as both his musical and interview guest, fresh from her performance at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards.
Demi, who also appeared opposite Roseanne Barr in a game show sketch, sat with Jimmy and joked about Kanye West's rambling MTV Video Music Awards speech, and the shade thrown by Nicki Minaj at show host Miley Cyrus. "I'm Switzerland," Lovato joked, meaning she's neutral in the conflict, although admitting that after attending a designer's after-party, she and Iggy Azalea, with whom Demi performed Sunday night, quickly decamped back to Demi's house and the cozy comfort of sweatpants.
"One pair between you?" Kimmel asked. "I don't think our butts would fit into one pair," Lovato laughed. "All we did was we went back, we ate pizza, and watched the VMAs back, and basically was like, 'What the f*** happened?!"
As for her new album, Confident, Kimmel asked whose idea it was to have Demi pose in a latex top and sheer underwear on the cover. "All mine!" Demi exclaimed. "I've been on a meal plan for like a year, and I've been training my butt off for this album," she said to applause. "And I'm really loving my body now for the [first] time in my life, and I just wanted to show it off!"
Demi also played her new hit, "Cool for the Summer," as part of Kimmel's Summer Concert Series.
The Fray -- Joe King, far left; Epic RecordsTheFray guitarist Joe King and his wife, The Vampire Diaries actress Candice Accola, are expecting their first child together, the couple announced Monday on Instagram.
“Sometimes a Saturday is best spent painting t-shirts and taking an awesome family photo. Happy Monday everybody! #ThatAintNoBurritoinMyBelly," Accola, 28, captioned an Instagram pic of herself with King, 35, and his two daughters from a previous marriage, pointing to her baby bump.
Joe shared the same picture on his Instagram page with the caption, "Baby King on the way!!!! So proud to welcome this new life into the world with my beautiful wife and daughters. I truly am a lucky man & dad."
King and Accola first met at a Super Bowl event in 2011 and were later set up by Accola’s co-star, Nina Dobrev, according to People magazine. They tied the knot in 2014.
The Vampire Diaries returns for its seventh season October 8 on the CW network.
Atlantic RecordsEarlier this summer, Meghan Trainor was forced to cancel her M Train Tour because of a hemorrhage on her vocal cord, telling her fans she was "devastated, scared and so sorry." Now her friend, duet partner and opening act Charlie Puth is updating us as to how the Grammy-nominated singer is feeling.
"Well, I haven’t been talking to her, I’ve been texting her. She isn’t allowed to talk," Charlie tells ABC Radio. "She’s just chillin’; she’s gonna get surgery soon." He added, " It’s good that she’s getting the surgery now to avoid further problems and then, I mean, [in] six weeks she’ll hop right back on the road."
Sam Smith was able to do the same after he had vocal cord surgery earlier this year, so hopefully Meghan will do the same. Meanwhile, you can hear Charlie and Meghan singing together on the hit duet "Marvin Gaye." The song references the late Motown star Marvin Gaye and his classic hit "Let's Get It On," but Charlie says he realizes that many of his fans are too young to have even heard of Gaye.
"I was reading YouTube comments and I saw a 12-year-old post -- what I assumed was a 12-year-old --- [writing]'What’s a Marvin Gaye? And can anyone explain to me what that is?'" he tells ABC Radio. "And I just posted the Wikipedia article to 'Let’s Get It On.' I was like, 'This is the little hint.'"
In addition to Charlie's song, Marvin Gaye's name has been in the news in the past year because his family successfully sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in court over their hit "Blurred Lines," which they claimed was too similar to Gaye's hit "Got to Give It Up." Gaye himself was tragically shot to death by his own father in 1984.
ANDREW MACPHERSON /RCA RecordsAs if near-universal acclaim for her performance at Sunday night's MTV VMAs wasn't enough, Tori Kelly has now made a new fan in someone she herself is a huge fan of: Pink.
After seeing Tori rock the stage with her performance of "Should've Been Us," Pink tweeted, "Ok @ToriKelly - fan for life. Great freaking performance tonight, you live singing, guitar playing accapella sanging woman."
A delighted Tori replied, "this tweet makes me emotional. you're such an inspiration to me & a role model for young women. thank you so much!!"
Tori's performance also won approval from actor John Stamos, who replied to another tweet praising her performance with the hashtag "#TALENT."
The Weeknd killed it Sunday night at the MTV VMAs with the TV debut of his smash "Can't Feel My Face," and now the song has returned to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a second week. It dethroned OMI's "Cheerleader," which was #1 for six weeks.
In addition, the Canadian singer has another song in the top five: "The Hills" is at #4. Both songs are from the Weeknd's new album Beauty Behind the Madness, which has a good chance to debut at #1 on next week's album chart.
Meanwhile, "Locked Away," the single by R. City featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine, has reached the top 10. While R. City members Theron and Timothy Thomas previously hit the top 10 as songwriters, penning hits for Miley Cyrus, Sean Kingston and The Pussycat Dolls, this is their first top 10 as artists in their own right.
The success of the song also means that Adam has scored his second top 10 hit on his own, without Maroon 5. He previously reached #4 in 2011, as the featured vocalist on Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts."
Eagle Rock Entertainment/Capitol RecordsIf you didn’t catch one of Katy Perry’s many stops on her Prismatic World Tour, you’ll soon be able to watch the whole thing from the comfort of your own couch. Katy is releasing The Prismatic World Tour Live on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download on October 30.
The concert film was shot in Sydney, Australia during Katy’s December 2014 visit. It features her entire 20-song set list, from the opening number “Roar” to the grand finale performance of “Firework.” The DVD also will include 30 minutes of exclusive extras.
The DVD runs for $15, while the Blu-ray goes for $20. But if you're a big Katy fan, you might consider purchasing the $145 x-large pizza box kit, which includes the DVD or Blu-ray, Katy Perry pajamas, a set of four pizza slice necklaces for you and your friends, a pencil case with four pencils, nail decals and an 8 x 10 photo print. There's also an $85 special edition pizza slice kit, which includes the DVD or Blu-ray, Katy PJs, a pizza charm necklace and a tote bag.
Katy began her world tour in May 2014 and has played a total of 151 shows over six legs on five continents. The tour is set to wrap on October 18 in Costa Rica, just two weeks before the DVD release.
Here is the concert film’s set list:
“Roar” “Part of Me” “Wide Awake” “This Moment” /” Love Me” “Dark Horse” “E.T.” “Legendary Lovers” “I Kissed a Girl” “Hot N Cold” “International Smile” “By the Grace of God” “The One that Got Away” / “Thinking of You” “Unconditionally” “Walking on Air” “It Takes Two” “This Is How We Do” / “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) ” “Teenage Dream” “California Gurls” “Birthday” “Firework”
ABC/Randy HolmesDon’t be surprised if Selena Gomez sounds more relaxed on her new album, Revival. She tells Entertainment Weekly that this time around she wasn’t afraid to embrace her sexy side.
“I’ve lived such a public life that I understand that I’m under a microscope,” she says. “That has taken me into so many different phases. It’s made me depressed and it’s made me happy and it’s made me grateful and humble -- but [I’ve learned] it’s okay to let down my walls with my music, to feel sexy and good.”
Her mentality was more laid-back, and so was her recording process. She recorded most of the songs in between trips to the beach in Mexico with her trusted collaborators. “We stayed in a house together like one big family,” she says. “We’d wake up in our bathing suits, go to the beach and then the studio for hours. I wanted to feel the songs and be weird and have a change of environment.”
What resulted is an album that showcases her own unique traits. “I was always insecure with my speaking voice because it’s so low,” she says. “I never felt like it was feminine-sounding. I didn’t know it would be such an asset to who I am now, though. It adds a cool, personal quality. It’s exciting.”
It’s also an album heavily influenced by the pop stars Selena listened to when she was younger. “I grew up with Britney and ‘NSYNC and Janet [Jackson] and all those people,” she says. “I would buy the copy, read the thank yous, and I felt like I knew them. Christina [Aguilera]’s Stripped was one of my favorites. What I loved about Revival is that it felt like there was a fluid story.”
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCOf all the celebrity guest stars that appeared with Taylor Swift on stage at her five Los Angeles shows, there were two who were noticeably absent: Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart. Turns out the X-Men co-stars -- and honorary members of Taylor’s squad -- were asked to be a part of her show, but it didn’t work out.
Ian confirms this in an interview with Gay Star News. “She did ask me to appear with Patrick Stewart at her show in L.A., but I had something else to do that night,” he says.
Earlier this month, Patrick hinted that an onstage guest appearance was in the works. “I think we're working on that,” he told ABC Radio at the time. “I mean, she's invited us into her squad! She's sensational!"
Taylor first reached out to the pair after Patrick tweeted a link of himself dramatically reciting the words to “Blank Space,” and Ian did a similar reading of “Bad Blood.”
"Thanks for reciting my lyrics, @IanMcKellen and @SirPatStew!” Taylor tweeted. “You've made my day. You two are ULTIMATE Squad Goals."
But even before that, Ian had a brief connection to Taylor. "When I was living in Peter Jackson’s apartment in New York, Taylor Swift bought it while I was there and I was thrown out before I wanted to leave!" The Lord of the Rings star tells Gay Stars News, adding, "She bought it, she had every right to -- I was just lodging there for free!"
Meanwhile, there’s at least one person who doesn’t want to be in Taylor’s squad: Miley Cyrus. In an interview with The New York Timespublished before her outrageous hosting gig at the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley speaks candidly about Taylor’s coveted group of celebrity pals.
“I’m not trying to be in the squad,” she says, adding, “None of my friends are famous and not because of any other reason than I just like real people who are living real lives, because I’m inspired by them.”
Miley does have at least one famous friend, though: Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. He collaborated with her on her surprise new album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. “He’s everything in the world -- you can’t even define us,” she says. “I am 100 percent in love with Wayne, and Wayne is in love with me, but it’s nothing sexual in any way. That would be the grossest.”
Emblem/AtlanticIt's three for three for Rob Thomas.
The Matchbox Twenty frontman sees his third solo album, The Great Unknown,debut in the top 10 on the Billboard album chart -- number six, to be specific. Rob's last two solo albums have also reached the top 10: ....Something to Be hit #1 in 2005 and Cradlesong entered the chart at #3 in 2009.
The Great Unknown has so far produced the single "Trust You," co-written with Ryan Tedder, and the brand new single, "Hold On Forever."
Rob will be on the road through November, finishing up his tour in support of The Great Unknown. He was forced to reschedule a number of dates after his wife Marisol was diagnosed with a lesion on her brain; she's reportedly having surgery on September on 11.
MTVBetween the boob-flashing, cursing and beef-quashing, Sunday night's MTV VMAs also featured some great musical performances. Song-tagging app Shazam has a list of the most Shazamed moments of the telecast, and surprisingly -- or perhaps unsurprisingly -- the #1 performance on the list was the one that was all about the music, not the spectacle.
Tori Kelly's performance of "Should've Been Us" was #1 on Shazam's list, followed by Twenty One Pilots' collaboration with A$ASP Rocky. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' epic performance of "Downtown" came in third.
Here's the full list:
1. Tori Kelly – "Should’ve Been US" 2. Twenty One Pilots with A$AP Rocky – "HeavyDirtySoul," "Lane Boy," "M’$" and "L$D" 3. Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis – "Downtown" 4. The Weeknd – "Can’t Feel My Face" 5. Justin Bieber – "What Do You Mean?"
Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Sunday night's show was a huge hit...on social media, at least. According to Deadline, Nielsen Media has determined that the show was the most tweeted non-sports program since October 2011, when the company started tracking Twitter TV stats. According to Nielsen Media, 2.2 million people sent 21.4 million VMA-related tweets, and those tweets generated 676 million impressions -- which means that's how many people saw the tweets. It marks a 69 percent increase from last year's show.
The most tweeted moment? Kanye West's announcement that he's running for president in 2020.
Cliff Lipson/CBSAdele is rumored to finally be releasing her new album in November, but it doesn’t look like she’ll be touring any time soon. According to reports from U.K.’s The Mirror, Adele would rather be at home with her young son.
Apparently, some of the biggest concert organizers in the world are offering the singer tens of millions of dollars to tour in support of the new album, but she’s prepared to turn them down. She has yet to line up any gigs for 2016.
“The album may be coming out, but at this moment in time there are absolutely no concrete plans for a tour,” a source says. “In fact people at the label admit they are clueless whether Adele will tour at all.”
The source adds, "Firstly it’s understood she is not keen to travel around the world with her son as she adores her quiet family life away from fame and fortune. Also ever since her throat surgery there has been discussions about how much strain she would have to put her vocal chords under during a lengthy tour.”
Adele hasn’t performed live since 2013. If she does agree to tour, promoters think demand could be so high that they could charge upwards of $150 per ticket and still sell out arenas across the globe.
ABC/Randy HolmesFollowing her flawless performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, Tori Kelly has announced a headlining U.S. tour for this fall.
The trek, in support of her debut album Unbreakable Smile, will begin September 23 in Wallingford, Connecticut and will conclude in Searcy, Arkansas November 7.
If you’re a member of Tori's fan club, you can grab tickets starting Wednesday, September 2, at Fahlo.me/ToriKelly. You’ll also have the chance to snag a limited number of VIP bundles, which include a ticket, admission to a meet-and-greet with Tori, and one merchandise item. Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale to the general public in most markets Friday, September 4.
Here is the complete list of Tori's tour dates:
9/23 -- Wallingford, CT, The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale 9/24 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live 9/25 -- Montclair, NJ, Montclair State University 10/3 -- San Antonio, TX, The Aztec Theater 10/5 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live 10/6 -- Austin, TX, Emo's 10/8 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland 10/9 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant 10/28 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom 10/29 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz at North Carolina State University 11/1 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 11/2 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater 11/5 -- Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall 11/6 -- New Orleans, LA, The Civic Theatre 11/7 -- Searcy, AR, Benson Auditorium -- Harding University
Tom Munro / RCA RecordsDuring his rambling Video Vanguard award acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, Kanye West claimed he saw Justin Timberlake break down in tears when he didn't win the album of the year Grammy for FutureSex/Lovesounds. It left us all wondering if that story was true.
While Justin didn’t respond to the claim directly, he did tweet about Kanye’s random shoutout. “Kanye is so cute, y’all,” Justin tweeted, before adding, “Jokes, you guys…Jokes. #chill.”
Justin later wrote, “Btw... I JUST watched my man 'Ye's FULL speech... He always has a point. And I support it. #truth”
Kanye mentioned Justin in the middle of his criticism of awards shows. "I just, I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee Lo lose," Kanye said. "Gnarls Barkley and the 'Sexyback' album... Justin, I ain't trying to put you on blast but I saw that man in tears bro. And I was thinking like, he deserved to win album of the year. And the small box that we are as entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that?"
The rapper concluded his speech by announcing that he's running for president in 2020.
ABC/Randy HolmesWhile her alleged rival Taylor Swift cleaned up at the MTV Video Music Awards this weekend in Los Angeles, Katy Perry was reportedly across the country having some fun of her own.
According to New York Post’s Page Six, Katy threw a bachelorette party for a pal at New York’s “Queen of the Night” burlesque show. And a witness says Katy wasn’t shy about interacting with the performers.
“Katy and her group took tequila shots and selfies all night,” the source says. “Katy made sure the bachelorette was…spanked by one of the performers. And as the instigator, Katy set an example, getting spanked, not once, but twice.”
Who needs Miley Cyrus’ raunchy antics when you can make your own?
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCNick Jonas gave a debut live performance of his new single “Levels” at the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show last night, and shortly after, he premiered the sexy video for the song.
The visual features Nick in an industrial warehouse surrounded by scantily clad women. In various scenes, they dance on top of oil drums, tires and chairs. Nick also sings in an elevator -- which makes sense, since the first line of the song is, "Get on my elevator/Baby we're going up."
“It continues to set me up as a solo artist,” Nick told MTV News prior to the video’s release. “It gives me a better idea of the looks I’m trying to go for. I want people to think when they watch my videos and music. I’m excited. I think it’s going to be one of my strongest videos.”
Nick added, “The song kind of cuts a new path for me, musically, it touches some of the soul elements, but also has that funk side. I think the video needed that as well -- something really fresh.”
“Levels” is the first single from Nick's in-progress sophomore album.
PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsFollowing his emotional performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, Justin Bieber debuted the music video for his new single “What Do You Mean?”
In the cinematic clip, Justin has a steamy bedroom makeout session with a beautiful girl, gets kidnapped by a group of masked attackers…and then somehow ends up at a party in a skate park. The video co-stars John Leguizamo.
The Biebs performed the new song, as well as “Where Are U Now,” at the VMAs, and seemingly broke down in tears at the end of his performance.
Sherwin LainezHoney, he's good...but is he a good dancer? We'll find out soon, because Andy Grammer has joined the cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
Andy appeared on the show twice last year, and told ABC Radio at the time that competing on the show was something he hadn't ruled out. He even said he'd talked about it to his good friend Gavin DeGraw, who was on the show a few seasons back.
Rumor has it Andy was called in at the last minute because Full House star Jodi Sweetin had to back out due to filming commitments.
The cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars will be a very musical one this year. In addition to Andy, it will include Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and R&B legend Chaka Khan.
Ben WattsLive in the Vineyard, a twice-annual music, food and wine festival, has expanded its lineup for fall of 2015.
The exclusive event, scheduled to take place in California's Napa Valley November 5-8, will feature performances from Rob Thomas, American Authors, American Idol champ Nick Fradiani, A Great Big World, Leona Lewis and Adam Lambert, as well as James Bay, Barenaked Ladies, Michael Franti and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.
The festival features plenty of music, as well as food and wine by top chefs and wine makers. Unfortunately, you can't purchase tickets to the festival; you can only win them. Find out how by visiting LiveIntheVineyard.com.