ABC/Paula LoboJohn Legend's fifth studio album, Darkness and Light, is now out everywhere, and two of its singles, "Love Me Now" and "Right By You," have already connected with fans on a deep level.
The award-winning vocalist tells ABC Radio's GMA After Hours about the meaning behind the songs songs.
Of "Love Me Now, John says, "The song's about living life to the fullest, loving to the fullest, enjoying every moment that you have and knowing that the world has some uncertainty and some trouble and some pain. But if you hold the people you love close to you, you can get through it together."
As for "Right by You," which was written for his seven-month-old daughter Luna, the singer says that the song raises questions about what it means to be a parent, and in John's case, a new father.
"We wrote it before she was born, in fact. And it was kind of in anticipation of being a new father and kind of the uncertainty that comes with it and the questions that we all have about how's your kid gonna turn out," John begins.
"How are you gonna be as a parent? Are you gonna influence them in the right way? So it's kind of approaching all of that," he adds.
John says being a new father has been quite the experience so far, giving him a new outlook on parenting.
"You've never done it and it's a very humbling thing," he says.
"Because no matter how smart you think you are, or successful at other things you are, when you're a parents, you're brand new. It's kind of very equalizing in a lot of ways because everybody has to go through that. And it humbles you."
Image Group LA/ABCAlessia Cara is set to receive the Rule Breaker award at Billboards 11th Annual Women in Music event this year. The award celebrates an artist who has pushed boundaries in the music industry and who defies the conventional.
Alessia joins Kesha, whos getting the Trailblazer award; Meghan Trainor, whos being honored with the Chart Topper award; and Halsey, wholl pick up the Rising Star award. Shania Twain is receiving the Icon award and Madonna is this years Woman of the Year.
The Women in Music event will take place on December 9 in New York City and will air nationally on Lifetime on December 12.
Courtesy of Gaga/NFL/PepsiWant to join Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl in February? She’s giving you the chance! The singer has announced her “Guest of Honor” contest in partnership with Pepsi and the NFL.
Fans will have a chance to win a trip to Houston, Texas to catch her halftime performance on February 5. To enter, make a video showing why you’re Lady Gaga’s biggest fan and why you deserve to be her Guest of Honor. Then, post your video to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #GOHContest and #PepsiHalftime.
And finally, make sure to follow @Pepsi and @LadyGaga on Instagram and Twitter. Do it all by December 15 and you’ve got a shot.
In celebration of the contest, Gaga released a special “Fanifesto” video that paid tribute to her fans. "Fandom can inspire a young girl to be an artist like me. It can give somebody the courage to speak up or come out," she says in the video. "Even turn a room full of strangers into a family for three hours on a Sunday."
Brendan WalterIf waiting until next month for Train’s new album is making you impatient, the band has something to keep you happy while you wait. The album, a girl a bottle a boat, is available for pre-order today and pre-orders include the brand new song “Working Girl” as an instant download.
Train also has released a lyric video for the song, which features frontman Pat Monahan writing out the lyrics while sitting on a tour bus. The song is about a couple laying out their requirements for a relationship. “I’m in love with a working girl,” Pat repeats on the chorus.
A girl a bottle a boat comes out January 27. In a statement, Pat says the album has been “the most fun and fulfilling” of all the Train albums.
"Every album I've ever been a part of writing has had a fair amount of difficulty,” he says. “Wanting to touch people's lives is a daunting task but when it happens it makes all of the blood sweat and tears worth it.”
Joshua BrandaoTonight, Madonna brings “art, music and mischief” to Miami’s Art Basel international art fair. The singer will be hosting an event to benefit Raising Malawi, the charity she founded in 2006.
"Founding Raising Malawi is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life," Madonna says in a statement. "Raising Malawi's evening of art, music and mischief at Art Basel will support our latest project to establish Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.”
She adds, “I'm excited to give others the opportunity to be part of this undertaking that will ultimately safe lives and help the children of Malawi."
In addition to a performance by Madonna, the event will feature special guests including Oscar-winning actor and Madonna’s former husband Sean Penn, Ariana Grande and comedian Chris Rock. Late Late Show host James Corden will serve as the master of ceremonies.
The fundraising event will take place at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach.
Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesFollowing a charity gala Monday where Hillary Clinton presented an award to Katy Perry, the singer has managed to sum up in an Instagram post what her experience campaigning for Clinton has meant to her.
"From the outside it probably looks as though I've always had a 'voice,'" she writes. "Truth is, I have never had one like I have found in the past year. I have a found a new voice, a more determined voice. I grew up sheltered, suppressed and kept silent for fear of giving the wrong answer. [Or that] I would reveal my poor education. Or I was just scared.
"Hillary helped me see that we're all in this together, no matter where we come from, what color we are, or what status and education we have or don't have," says Katy.
Katy goes on to say that Clinton "lit a fire inside of me that burns brighter and brighter every day, and that fire will NEVER be put out. Feelings of despair still comes in waves, but now more than ever I am MOTIVATED to fight against social injustice and to promote equality and kindness as best I know how, through my art and influence."
The singer says she's "continually inspired" by Clinton's strength, and finishes her post by promising that in 2017, we'll be hearing a whole new "her."
"It's funny, sometimes people who disagree with me just say, 'Shut up and sing,'" she writes. "Boy, will I do so in a whole new way... next year. Hell hath no fury like a woman REBORN."
Katy is expected to release a new album next year.
ABC/Mark LevineKelly Clarkson is currently working on a brand new album, but she's been taking time out to make some festive appearances. Thanksgiving night, she appeared on ABC's Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration, and this past Monday, she was on ABC's CMA Country Christmas. Yesterday, she sang at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington, D.C. But why do all those things, when she doesn't have an album to promote? Because, Kelly says, she just loves the opportunity to sing Christmas music.
"Honestly, my Christmas record’s my favorite ‘cause it’s more soulful," she tells ABC Radio. "I feel like Christmas music either sounds super soulful or it sounds super big band sound, which are both my favorites."
In addition to that, Kelly says, "I’ve just always loved the songs. You can get away with cheesy and it’s OK, ‘cause it’s Christmas! And so I love that."
You can watch Kelly's performance at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Monday night on the Hallmark Channel, and she has even more holiday appearances coming up: this Saturday, she'll be the Grand Marshal of the Nashville Christmas Parade, and on December 16, she'll host Miracle on Broadway, a Christmas-themed charity concert, also in Nashville. On Christmas Day, she'll appear on ABC's Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration.
Francesco CarrozziniOneRepublic will hit the road in 2017 in support of their new album, Oh My My, but right now, they're focused on their current single, "Kids." Lead singer Ryan Tedder tells ABC Radio it was inspired by his experiences as a young man, and how he rejects the notion that those were his "glory days."
"The song’s nostalgic, both the way it sounds and what the lyrics are -- if you can understand them, ‘cause I’m singing ‘em pretty fast," Ryan laughs. "But really, the idea is looking back on youth, early 20s, late teens, and that time period where you feel like 'Oh my God, anything’s possible'...this sense of freedom and 'This is incredible'...if you have the wherewithal to actually appreciate your youth when you’re in it."
But as exciting as that time was for him, Ryan says he was struck by the realization that things might never be as good again.
"I was like, 'Oh my God, what if this is as good as it gets?,” Ryan says he remembers thinking. "'What if we’re peaking?' Because there are people who genuinely look back the rest of their lives talking about the good old days."
"This song is literally like 'Glory Days,'" he adds, referring to the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name. "And so for me, it’s about being that age and saying, 'Well, let’s not let this be as good as it gets.'"
That's why the key lyrics in the song are, "I refuse to look back thinking days were better/Just because they're younger days."
While we wait for OneRepublic to announce tour dates, Ryan says he and the band will be in Europe until right before Christmas, and then he and his family are heading to Vail, Colorado for the holiday break.
WNETAlicia Keys is the first artist featured in a new PBS Great Performances series called Landmarks Live in Concert.
The show, shot around the world, features artists performing live in front of landmarks they feel a connection to. Alicia's episode, which will air January 20, was filmed over a one-year period, and shows her performing at various locations in her hometown of New York City.
You'll see her on the Circle Line boat tour of New York Harbor, in front of the World's Fair Unisphere in Queens -- which you may remember from the first Men in Black movie -- and at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater.
Alicia's episode is the first of eight, all hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Country star Brad Paisley is the next star to be featured on the series. Check local listings for when episodes air in your city.
Disney/Mark AshmanAlessia Cara and Rachel Platten will be bringing some holiday cheer this season. The two singers are set to perform on the 18th annual A Home for the Holidays special, airing Friday, December 23 on CBS.
The show, which aims to raise adoption awareness, will feature inspiring stories about real-life families whose lives have been changed by adoption from foster care.
Country singer Miranda Lambert also will be performing.
Drew LevinCamila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly embrace their bad sides in the new video for their collaboration, “Bad Things.”
The video features the two as romantic partners in crime. We see scenes of their passionate relationship, as Camila sings, “Am I out of my head?/Am I out of my mind?/If you only knew the bad things I like/Don’t think that I can explain it/What can I say/It’s complicated.”
Camila tweeted about the video Thursday, writing, “We had an amazing time bringing these characters to life. I just hope it makes U feel something.”
The two performed the song on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.
Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCAfter a year-long hiatus from performing, Ed Sheeran returned to the stage in London last night to perform for Princess Kate’s charity. Peoplereports that in between songs, he joked about the recent incident cheek-cutting involving another royal -- Prince Beatrice.
“This is the first time I’ve done a show in a year, so please bear with me,” he told guests at the gala for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, also known as EACH.
He added, “It’s nice to be back. I’ve had a whole year off. I went to Japan for about a month and hung out with Japanese people. Got my face cut open, anyone read about that?”
Ed reportedly needed stitches after Princess Beatrice accidentally cut his face with a sword during a mock-knighting ceremony. And indeed, he sported what appeared to be a scar on his right cheek.
The singer, who’s an ambassador for EACH, was performing at the gala to help raise money to build a new center in Norfolk, England for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Image Group LA/ABCEven though she took time off from social media this year to focus on her health, Selena Gomez still managed to dominate Instagram’s year in review.
In addition to being the most followed person on Instagram -- which we already knew -- she has eight out of 10 of the most-liked posts on the photo-sharing app this year. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo managed to sneak in with the other two.
Her most-liked pic? A portrait of her sipping a Coca-Cola bottle adorned with her song lyrics. That has racked up 5.9 million likes so far.
Selena also claims the number one spot on a list of celebrities who gained the most followers in 2016. She acquired more than 50 million followers, bringing her grand total to 103 million.
Meanwhile, her BFF Taylor Swift is the second most-followed celebrity on Instagram this year, followed by Ariana Grande at number three.
Dick Clark ProductionsAll we want for New Year's is...Mariah Carey. The diva will be taking the stage live in New York City's Times Square to perform on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Live with Ryan Seacrest 2017.
In a statement, Ryan Seacrest says, "Mariah was the first live performance from Times Square in 2005 when I joined Dick Clark as co-host. After nearly a decade, I’m excited to join her again in Times Square, along with all our incredible performances, to ring in 2017.”
Mariah adds, "I am so excited to return...and feel blessed to be a part of this year’s magical celebration. I can’t wait to perform once again for my incredible fans as we ring in the New Year together live from Times Square.”
Joining Mariah onstage at the "crossroads of the world" will be DNCE, Gloria Estefan and the cast of ON YOUR FEET!, the Broadway musical based on her life; and country star Thomas Rhett.
In addition, Fergie will return to host the Billboard Hollywood Party portion of the evening, and Jenny McCarthy will report live from Times Square. Performers will be announced for the Hollywood Party soon.
Image Group LA/ABCNever underestimate the power of TV when it comes to selling music. Billboardreports that the American Music Awards last month resulted in an across the board 35 percent sales gain for the 20 songs that were performed on the ABC telecast.
Billboard reports that one beneficiary of the exposure on the AMAs was "Closer" by the Chainsmokers featuring Halsey. Downloads of the song increased 25 percent compared to the previous week. Bruno Mars' "24K Magic" got a 36-percent sales bump, while Fifth Harmony's "That's My Girl" scored an impressive 90-percent increase. Maroon 5's "Don't Wanna Know," which closed the show, received a 64-percent sales boost.
In addition to downloads, streams of the performed songs were up. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Side to Side" scored a 15-percent increase in streams, while The Weeknd's "Starboy" saw a 12-percent gain. Niall Horan's "This Town," meanwhile, saw an 18-percent increase in streams.
Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesKanyeWest left UCLA Medical Center Wednesday after more than a week there, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper quotes an unspecified source as saying it’s unclear whether West was going to one of his homes or another location, but TMZ reports Yeezy is at home with his wife, Kim Kardashian West, and their kids.
An ABC News request for confirmation went unanswered by West's representatives as of late Wednesday night.
The source also tells the gossip website that Kanye left the hospital under the care of Kim and his personal physician, Dr. Michael Farzam, who is said to have made the 911 call Monday, November 21, the day West was admitted.
Little has been revealed about Kanye's hospitalization, but people close to the rapper tell TMZ it was a "nervous breakdown," triggered in large part by the anniversary of his mother's funeral. Donda West died November 10, 2007.
Kanye cancelled his November 20 concert at the Forum in Los Angeles just hours before it was scheduled to begin. A day later, he cancelled the remaining 21 dates of his Saint Pablo tour, the same day he reportedly began acting erratically, leading to his hospitalization.
Virginia Sherwood/NBCThe stars were out Wednesday night for the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, kicking off Christmas season in New York City on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center.
Tori Kelly was among the musical guests, singing “O Holy Night.”
Other performers included Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Sarah McLachlan, Pentatonix, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Josh Groban, and Anthony Hamilton with The Roots.
Nesrin DananNot many girls can boast a platinum-selling top-10 hit before their 17th birthday, but Olivia O'Brien isn't just any girl. "i hate u i love u," her duet with rapper Gnash, is one of the most inescapable hits of the past few months. Olivia, who wrote the song, says its success has "completely flipped my life around."
Olivia, who turned 17 on November 26, had been writing songs and posting music online just for fun. After she posted a cover of one of Gnash's songs, he reached out to her, asking if she had any originals. She pulled out "i hate u i love u," and that was that. But Olivia says being a pop star was never her goal.
"I used to get bullied in school for making covers and posting videos of me singing on Instagram," Olivia tells ABC Radio. "I never really was confident about it. I just did it because I liked to do it."
"When Gnash contacted me and was like, 'Hey, I want to work with you, do you have any original stuff?' it was so unexpected," she adds. "We literally recorded it in his backyard...and now it's on the radio. It's just completely flipped my life around."
Olivia wrote the song because she was "sad about a boy." She say, "I have hundreds of songs from my freshman year...where I would just write about all the boys I liked...and they're all so bad! This one just turned out to be good!"
The singer says fans have told her how "i hate u i love u" helped them get over their own heartbreak, but she says one incident really convinced her the song was a hit.
"When Kylie Jenner posted it on her Snapchat story," she laughs. "Honestly, that was a crazy moment!"
Trae Patton/CBSThere's no bad blood between The Weeknd and ex-girlfriend, Bella Hadid, the model told Entertainment Tonight while preparing for her Victoria's Secret runway show debut in Paris this Wednesday.
"He's the best, we're still great friends," Hadid said.
Bella and The Weeknd will both appear on the Victoria's Secret catwalk -- the first time the pair has been seen in public since their split, but Hadid said that their runway performances will be a time of celebration for the former lovers.
"I'm excited. It's his second show, so I know he's gonna kill it. It's just gonna be a fun day, and I'm excited," Hadid added.
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteWant to experience Elle King in 360 degrees? The singer is premiering her virtual reality film, Up Close and Personal, this Friday. People has the first look at the film, which you can watch in 360 degrees. In the clip, Elle talks about overcoming past insecurities.
“When I was a little girl…I felt awkward-looking, so I would look in the mirror, and I didn’t feel beautiful,” she says.
The singer adds that while her mom always told her she was beautiful, she had to go on her own journey to come to that realization. She says she began learning about finding beauty in people’s differences when she started getting tattoos as a young teen.
“I don’t sing, walk, talk, act like anyone else,” she says. “That’s what I think is beautiful: People that stand out. Because if we all looked the same, I think the world would be a really boring place.”
Elle has accumulated around 50 tattoos, one of which is a piece dedicated to her fiancé Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson.
“I met the love of my life, Fergie,” she says. “I got a huge chest piece that’s a knife through a heart -- and it’s got his name right through the middle. Just like my song, you’ve gotta live your life like it’s your last damn night: I met him, and the next day, I was supposed to fly back to America, and I didn’t get on my flight.”
Up Close and Personal will premiere Friday at Samsung 837 in New York.