Will Heath/NBCAriana Grande isn’t the only one using social media this week to hit back at unfair assumptions about her love life.
Ari's rumored new boyfriend, Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, has refuted online criticism that he’s unable to maintain a relationship because of his mental illness. Davidson revealed last year that he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
“Normally I wouldn’t comment on something like this cause, like, f*** you,” he wrote on his Instagram Story. “But I been hearing a lot of ‘people with bpd can’t be in relationships’ talk. I just wanna let you know that’s not true.”
He added, “Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they can’t be happy and in a relationship.”
Davidson continued, “It also doesn’t mean that person makes the relationship toxic. Everybody is different and there are a lot of treatments for mental illnesses and I have done/am doing all of them. And I encourage those who struggle to seek help as well it has changed my life for the better.”
He called out those who “stigmatize people as crazy,” saying, “I may be crazy but at least I’m aware of it and not afraid to be honest about it and I’m not hiding behind a Twitter or Instagram account.”
Rumors began swirling that Davidson and Ariana were dating following Ariana’s break-up with Mac Miller. Earlier this week, Ariana hit back at a Twitter user who seemingly blamed her for Mac's recent DUI and car accident.
Sonia LopezAfter dedicating his Houston concert to the victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting earlier this week, Justin Timberlake took time out of his schedule to visit one of the victims in the hospital Friday morning.
The student’s mother, Sonia Lopez, posted a photo from the visit on Facebook. Her daughter, Sarah Salazar, is seen smiling in her hospital bed as Justin kneels next to her.
Lopez captioned the photo, “Justin Timberlake visited Sarah Salazar this morning and brought her a gift.”
Further details of the visit have not yet been revealed.
On Wednesday night in Houston, Justin paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the tragedy, wearing a “Santa Fe Strong” t-shirt on stage as he sang his song “Until the End of Time.”
Ten people were killed and 10 were injured last Friday after a 17-year-old gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, located between Galveston and Houston. The suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis [di-MI-tree-ohs pag-OR-cheez], has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail.
Image Group LA/ABCA bar full of New Yorkers got treated to a surprise Lady Gaga concert Thursday night.
According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the singer performed an impromptu set at the Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel.
“First she came and was having drinks with friends and there was a five-piece jazz band playing in front of the fireplace,” a witness tells Page Six. “She got up and did about three or four songs.”
The source says Gaga performed “a lot of covers” before taking a short break. Then, she came back and did “another three or four songs.”
While the concert may have been unexpected for those in attendance, Gaga seemed dressed for the stage. She wore a red gown with dramatic ruffles and black elbow-length gloves, and her blonde hair was done up in a fancy up-do.
ABC/Paula LoboThis Memorial Day Weekend, let's salute a chart-topping pop star who actually saw battlefield combat: Shaggy.
Mr. Boombastic served during the first Persian Gulf War as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He says that's why he has a right to use his platform as a musician to speak out about current issues. For example, on The Late Late Show with James Corden, he used his hit "It Wasn't Me" to poke fun at President Trump and the Russia investigation.
"I fought for this country," Shaggy tells ABC Radio. "I'm a vet...[and] the very values that we fought for are under threat."
"You look at what's going on right now, the political times that we're in, there's nothing beautiful about it," he continues. "And there's a lot of people that feel the way I feel. I should basically use the music as a platform to voice my opinion, to start some sorta conversation, to be a voice for the voiceless."
Shaggy's also used his music over the years to entertain his fellow soldiers, performing for the USO in Bosnia and Germany. He laughs, "We were supposed to go to Afghanistan, but...they started to bomb it a little bit when we were going there so they figured it wasn't a good idea!"
Shaggy spent Friday morning performing in New York's Central Park with Sting, as part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series -- the two will tour the U.S. together this fall in support of their new joint album 44/876. But Shaggy says observing Memorial Day is very important to him.
"Oh it's big time, " he tells ABC Radio. "I'm actually leaving this evening to go play for the veterans in Miami, if the weather permits. Yeah, I'm big on that."
Greg WilliamsEd Sheeran has picked the supporting acts for his upcoming North American stadium tour.
The trek, which kicks off in August, will feature special guests Snow Patrol on all dates, Anne-Marie from August through September, and Lauv from October through November.
Anne-Marie and Lauv have both joined Ed on tour before, with Anne-Marie supporting him on the European leg of his Divide tour last year and Lauv joining him for the tour’s Asian leg. Anne-Marie and Ed also collaborated on her new single, “2002.”
It only makes sense that Snow Patrol would join the tour as well. Ed has long been pals with the band. Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid co-wrote Ed’s hit “Shape of You,” among others.
The North American Divide tour starts August 18 in Pasadena, California and wraps November 10 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Terence Patrick/CBS Broadcasting, Inc. Adam Levine joined James Corden on a car ride through Los Angeles on The Late Late Show's latest edition of "Carpool Karaoke" on Thursday, and the two had a run-in with the law.
While belting Maroon 5's sultry "She Will Be Loved," they were interrupted by police sirens. The officer shouted from the window that he wanted Levine to sing him a song. When Corden pulled over, the officer pulled up beside them and just told the two to be careful.
Levine kept his cool, but Corden had a full-fledged panic attack.
"I completely panicked to my absolute core," he said.
That didn't stop the two from continuing to sing some of Maroon 5's biggest hits, including "Sugar," "Moves Like Jagger," and the band's latest single, "Wait."
During the joyride, Levine told Corden that he is a born and raised Angelino but doesn't want his daughters growing up sounding like Los Angeles stereotypes. If his daughters did, Levine said he would tell them, "You sound like a f***ing moron. Don't do that."
Levine also told Corden that he loves to race cars, so Corden took him to the racetrack to have a friendly competition -- despite the officer's warning earlier.
Corden drove the track pretty sloppily at full speed, driving onto the grass a number of times. But, when Levine got in the driver's seat he had an added obstacle: Corden asked him a series of general knowledge questions.
"Who is the queen married to?" Corden screamed over the screeching tires.
"What school does Harry Potter attend?"
"I'm not a f***ing nerd, so I don't know," Levine quipped.
Maroon 5 kicks off their tour May 30. The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights on CBS.
Island RecordsShawn Mendes releases his self-titled third album today, and critics are hailing it as the 19-year-old singer/songwriter's most mature and honest work yet. But Shawn didn't create the album all by himself -- he got some help from collaborators like John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder and Julia Michaels, who says working on the project was "amazing."
"I mean, he just, he wants to tell everybody about what he's going through and what he's doing and where he's at in life," Julia tells ABC Radio. "And I'm just happy I get to be a part of that story."
Julia co-wrote two songs on the album: "Nervous" and "Like to Be You;" she also duets with him on the latter song. In a "making-of" video, Shawn talks about his admiration for Julia's "incredible" talents, calling her "this ball of emotion that is kind of uncontrollable."
"She feels sadness and she feels happiness and she feels love and heartbreak all kind of at the same time," he marvels.
As for his own feelings, they're most evident on the album's lead single, "In My Blood," which is about his struggles with anxiety.
"That song's definitely...the most important song off of the album," Shawn explains in the "making of" video. "It's my most vulnerable song....it was very hard at first to figure out how...to be super-raw with my emotions and to say it exactly how it was without making it feel too aggressive or too scary or whatever."
He adds, "I realized in that day, while creating the song, that the best way to write music, for me personally, was to say exactly how I felt."
Sarah PiantadosiJames Bay has gone from opening for Taylor Swift on tour to paying tribute to the singer with a cover of her song “Delicate.”
He performed a stripped-down version of the song for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, with just his electric guitar and a drummer as accompaniment. He even mashed it up, adding a little of Drake’s “One Dance” at the end.
During the BBC Radio 1 spot, he explained why he chose to cover “Delicate,” saying, “I’m always looking out for something I can put my own twist [on]. I listened through a lot of different tunes and this one connected with me.”
James recently released a version of his song "Us" as a duet with Alicia Keys. The two first performed the duet on The Voice season finale.
Christopher Polk/TAS18/Getty ImagesWhile there have been plenty of rumors about who is and who isn't a member of Taylor Swift's girl squad, one person whose membership is never in question is Selena Gomez. According to Selena's mom, Sel and Tay are still honest-to-goodness BFFs, and always have been.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight on a Facebook Live chat, Selena's mom Mandy Teefey says, "What I love about that friendship is it's so solid, and with Taylor, I feel like they can tell each other anything, and it will be an honest, in-your-best-interest kind of relationship. It's not about anything else, and it's one you don't just find out here."
Teefey also gives Taylor props for being "so grounded," adding, "With Taylor, what you see is what you get."
"She...works so hard, and she's always been there for Selena," says Teefey, noting, "It's so cutthroat right now...they came up together, they just have never parted, so it's really a true friendship."
Last weekend, Selena made a surprise appearance onstage with Taylor, and the two sang Selena's hit "Hands to Myself." Selena told the audience, "The reason why she’s been one of my best friends is this person has never, ever judged a single decision I’ve made...She’s encouraged me when I’ve had nothing to be encouraged about."
Last year during a U.K. radio interview, Selena reminisced about how she and Taylor first met when Taylor was dating Joe Jonas, and Selena was dating Nick Jonas.
"We just clicked," Selena said, adding snarkily, "It was the best thing we got out of those relationships."
Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCLate Late Show host James Corden was recently in the U.K. for the Royal Wedding, and he'll return to his home country next month for a special week of shows -- featuring some special musical guests.
The Late Late Show with James Corden will air from Central Hall Westminster in London, England starting Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21. Artists who'll join him for the show include Niall Horan, Cher and Foo Fighters.Also, Corden's pal -- and Katy Perry's boyfriend -- Orlando Bloom will be a guest.
According to CBS, The Late Late Show's "signature musical and comedy segments....will get a British makeover," but there's no word on whether we'll get a British version of Carpool Karaoke, with James duetting with a British singer while driving on the other side of the road, like he did with Adele over two years ago.
As previously reported, Adam Levine joins Corden on Thursday night's Late Late Show for Carpool Karaoke.
Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love ManchesterFollowing Tuesday's one-year anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, Ariana Grande has revealed her new tattoo, which she got both in honor of the victims, and in tribute to the U.K. city.
She posted a photo to Twitter Thursday, showing a tiny bumble bee inked behind her ear. The “worker bee” has been a symbol of the hard-working city of Manchester for decades. Many began getting bee tattoos in remembrance of the 2017 tragedy. Ariana’s music video for “No Tears Left to Cry” also features a bee flying away in the last shot, as a nod to the city.
Ariana captioned the photo of her new tattoo with the word, “Forever.”
On the tragedy’s anniversary Tuesday, she tweeted, “Thinking of you all today and every day [bee emoji]. I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day.”
Twenty-two people were killed and 139 injured on May 22, 2017, when a suicide bomber set off an explosive device outside of Manchester Arena following Ariana’s concert there. Two weeks later, Ariana helped organize and performed at the star-studded One Love Manchester benefit concert, to raise money for the victims. She was subsequently named an honorary citizen of Manchester.
Carlos SerraoJohn Mayer’s music video for “New Light” is super cheesy...on purpose.
"I needed to make a video for 'New Light' but nobody could agree on a budget," he joked on Twitter. “…So I went to a place downtown and made this with a company that usually does birthday and Bar Mitzvah videos."
The video features John wearing a dirty sweatshirt and pajama pants, running, dancing and posing awkwardly while being digitally inserted into random scenery, including a farm, Times Square, the pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, ski slopes and a beach. In one bizarre scene, two John Mayers wave to each other from a safari landscape with a zebra.
John released the song “New Light” earlier this month. It’s his first new music since 2017's album The Search for Everything.
ABC/Randy HolmesThanks to Glamour magazine, some aspiring singers on YouTube had one very special viewer checking out their work.
As part of Glamour’s video series “You Sang My Song,”Mariah Carey watched several YouTube videos of fans covering some of her most famous songs. The singers put their own spins on hits including “Hero,” “Touch My Body,” “Heartbreaker” and “We Belong Together.”
An impressed Mariah gave her reactions, and the fans were then surprised with the video of Mariah watching them.
"It's a good feeling as a songwriter to see how many different ways people can interpret these songs," Mariah said.
She also tweeted, "Thank you @glamourmag and all you amazing artists for sharing these beautiful renditions with me!"
The varied interpretations featured two friends doing a stripped down version of “Always Be My Baby,” a young boy belting out “Hero,” and a guy playing “Touch My Body” on the violin.
Epic RecordsWhen your song is all about money, you need an expensive video to go with it.
Jennifer Lopez has released the ultra-extravagant visual for her new single, “Dinero,” featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B.
The black-and-white clip kicks off with J.Lo picking up a diamond-encrusted bowling ball and rolling it down the hallway of a spacious mansion. Other over-the-top scenes include J.Lo barbecuing meat in lacy lingerie, walking a pet ostrich on a leash and playing poker with a group of shirtless men.
DJ Khaled appears in a few scenes to burn stacks of cash, while Cardi B delivers her verse while sharing a bed with J.Lo -- both women are wearing masquerade masks.
Courtesy of VH1 Ariana Grande has guest-starred on RuPaul's Drag Race in the past, but tonight, it's her big brother Frankie's turn on the Emmy-winning show.
"Get ready. It's the makeover challenge, and I'm being made over by Eureka, so Team Eureka!" Frankie tells ABC Radio.
The "makeover challenge" involves the Drag Race contestants giving a "drag makeover" to someone. On tonight's episode, Frankie is one of several "social media kings" who'll be turned into drag queens, along with Tyler Oakley, Anthony Padilla, Chester See, Raymond Braun and Kingsley.
Frankie tells ABC Radio that he was absolutely thrilled with the results.
"It was the best thing I've ever done!" he gushes. "I mean, drag is, like, so unbelievably liberating! Yeah, I loved it."
You can tune in to see if Frankie ends up looking prettier than his sister when RuPaul's Drag Raceairs tonight on VH1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Paul Drinkwater/NBCLast year, the Song of the Summer was "Despacito." Now, as Memorial Day 2018 is upon us, it's time to consider this year's contenders. The folks at Spotify have put together a list of likely candidates, based on buzz, momentum, playlisting, chart performance or just whether or not they'd sound really great at a beach or poolside.
According to Spotify, the #1 prediction for Song of the Summer is Cardi B's "I Like It," featuring Latin stars J Balvin and Bad Bunny. But the list also includes "One Kiss," the new collabo from Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris, as well as Anne-Marie's "2002," co-written by Ed Sheeran.
Also on the list: "Sangria Wine," from Camila Cabello and Pharrell Williams, and Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry." Both songs just got big sales boosts from their performances on Sunday's BillboardMusic Awards.
Other tracks on Spotify's list include "Solo," Demi Lovato's new track with Clean Bandit, and "Youth," Shawn Mendes' duet with Khalid. Also making the list are current chart-toppers like Drake's "Nice for What" and Childish Gambino's "This Is America."
Here's Spotify's full list and may the best song win:
1. "I Like It" - Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin 2. "This Is America" - Childish Gambino 3. "One Kiss" - Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa 4. "OTW" - Khalid ft. 6BLCK, Ty Dolla $ign 5. "Sangria Wine" - Camila Cabello, Pharrell Williams 6. "Boo'd Up" - Ella Mai 7. "Nice for What" - Drake 8. "Life Changes" - Thomas Rhett 9. "Zombie" - Bad Wolves 10. "No Tears Left To Cry" - Ariana Grande 11. "Playinwitme" - KYLYE ft. Kehlani 12. "Ball For Me" - Post Malone ft. Nicki Minaj 13. "2002" - Anne-Marie 14. "Burn the House Down" - AJR 15. "Solo" - Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato 16. "Youth" - Shawn Mendes ft. Khalid
Brian ZiffThe songs on Shawn Mendes' new self-titled album, due out on Friday, reveal a new honesty and maturity that even he didn't think he was capable of. In fact, the 19-year-old star says if you had told him last year that he would make an album like this, he wouldn't have believed you.
Asked by Entertainment Weekly, "How would Shawn of four years ago react to the maturity of this album?" he replies. "He wouldn’t have believed it. No way. Shawn last year wouldn’t believe it. I mean that with all of my heart."
He adds, "You never discover you can say a certain thing again; you just do. These songs are stamps of moments when I discovered what I was capable of."
“Every album is going to become more honest and truthful, but I really wanted to capture this,” Shawn explains. "I don’t know how to describe it, but there’s something about where I am right now in my life, being 19...I feel like I’m going through a huge transition and everything is just crazy and exciting.”
The album's first single, "In My Blood," which is about Shawn's struggles with anxiety, is a good example of his new openness.
"The biggest thing I learned making this album," he explains, "is that if I am not writing 100 percent the truth, I’m cheating myself, and the music just isn’t going to be as good."
Next year, Shawn launches a world tour in support of the album, and he says his new honesty applies to his concerts, too.
"There’s no such thing as a perfect show," he tells EW. "It makes me so excited to go on tour because I know that it can’t be perfect. That’s not what life is."
Heather Wines/CBS Adam Levine is a car enthusiast, so it's only natural that he'd eventually find his way to James Corden's front seat for Carpool Karaoke. Except this time around, it's Adam who takes the wheel, and they'll be driving a Porsche.
The Late Late Show with James Cordenhas announced that Adam will be the special guest Thursday night on Carpool Karaoke, and a promo shows Adam behind the wheel, pulling crazy skids, while Corden yells at him to stop. The two also sing, of course: The promo shows them duetting on "Moves Like Jagger" and "Sugar."
Adam's appearance is no doubt designed to promote Maroon 5's Red Pill Blues tour, which kicks off next Wednesday, May 30.
Brian Friedman/NBCEven stars who didn't win trophies at this past Sunday's Billboard Music Awards still reaped the rewards of appearing on the show...via huge sales bumps for their songs.
Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Music, all the songs that were performed on the three-hour telecast collectively experienced a 108% sales gain. The biggest benefactor of the BBMA bump, though, was Janet Jackson: She saw a whopping 939% sales increase for the three songs she performed: "Nasty," "If" and "Throb."
Legendary hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa also made out pretty well thanks to their show-closing performance, which featured En Vogue. Combined sales for the songs they performed as part of a medley -- "Shoop," "Let's Talk About Sex," "Push It" and "Whatta Man" -- increased by 518%.
Shawn Mendes debuted his collaboration with Khalid, "Youth," on the show, and saw sales for the track rise 274%. His friend Camila Cabello scored a 101% boost for her smash "Havana." And Ariana Grande opened the show with her latest single "No Tears Left to Cry," and then enjoyed a 27% sales bump for the track.