Image courtesy CBSJust ahead of the premiere of her new Showtime documentary, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour, the Material Girl herself took the passenger seat in the latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke" last night on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Madonna might have sat down but she didn't sit still while riding around New York City in an SUV with endearingly star-struck James Corden.
The 58-year-old singer was ageless as ever in her black leather jacket, black jeans and fingerless gloves, rocking attitude from the moment Corden pulled into traffic. The two of them struck a pose for “Vogue” and Madonna ended with her leg stretched to the roof of the car. James tried to do the same, playing it for laughs.
As seen on the teaser released Monday, Madonna straight-up twerked in her seat to “B****, I’m Madonna.” She later shocked her host as she talked about the difference between her life on stage and off, saying she doesn’t drink or smoke and that at home, she’s like Julie Andrews.
The pair also sang “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” from the Evita soundtrack, before moving on to the topic of Michael Jackson. Not only did she kiss, Madonna did tell, admitted that she encouraged Jackson a little with some chardonnay before she made her move on him. “It worked wonders,” she said.
James was clearly having the time of his life and Madonna seemed to enjoy herself, especially while performing “Ray of Light” and “Hey, Mr. DJ.”
“That was the only time I haven't minded being stuck in traffic,” Madonna said at the end.
Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour premieres on Showtime, Friday, December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT, and on Showtime on demand December 10.
L-R: Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Ephraim Sykes as Seaweed J. Stubbs in “Hairspray Live!”; Paul Drinkwater/NBCHairsprayLive! the three-hour musical adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical Hairspray, about a girl who finds overnight success in 1962 Baltimore, aired Wednesday night on NBC. And the production managed to delight, despite a few flubs, and a stumble from Ariana Grande.
Overall, the show went off without a hitch, save for some microphone and lighting glitches, and Ariana's trip during the number, “I Can Hear the Bells” -- although if you blinked, you might have missed it.
Ariana, who played Penny Pingleton, didn't have any problems belting out other songs in the show, like "Without Love" and the finale, "We Can't Stop the Beat." She also joined Jennifer Hudson for an encore duet, "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)," as the cast took their bows.
The production also starred Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough, Broadway vets, Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin and Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Sean Hayes, Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner, and newcomer Maddie Baillio, as Tracy Turnblad. It also utilized the live audience as the audience for the play’s fictional Corny Collins Show, as well as the finale, which featured
There were also surprise cameos from former Tracy Turnblads Rikki Lake and Marissa Winokur, as Mr. Pinky’s assistants, as well as the original “Dynamites.”
As with previous live TV adaptations, fans expecting a live version of either the 1988 John Waters film or the 2007 reboot were probably a little lost, since this one stayed truer to the Broadway play. The show also didn’t shy away from drawing parallels between the 60s civil rights movement and current tensions.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Two Ten Footwear FoundationFans have been waiting more than 10 years for the follow-up to Fergie's super-successful solo debut, The Dutchess. Well, it turns out that Fergie's just as anxious as they are to see it released.
"I'm hoping for ASAP, as soon as possible," Fergie told Music Choice about when she plans to put the album out. "I'm going for January, that's what I'm trying [for], but first of the year, first coupla months, I'm hoping for January."
"Everyone's gotta do the holiday thing and all of that," she adds. "But I'm ready: ready to let this thing into the universe!"
Fergie's been working on the album, which is reportedly called Double Dutchess, for quite some time and has already released two new tracks from it this year: "M.I.L.F. Money" and "Life Goes On." She revealed to Music Choice that she's so far into the project that she's already shot a number of videos for it.
"I have filmed a few things that are special," she says "I got to shoot videos in a lot of different places. I have a video that I shot in Paris for a song called 'Just Like You,' about an unhealthy relationship. And I got to shoot in London, a video called 'Nuttin'.'"
She describes that song as "very super throwback hip-hop to the '90s."
Before Double Dutchess comes out, though, you'll see Fergie hosting -- and performing on -- the Hollywood Party segments of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, airing on ABC December 31.
The Dutchess came out in 2006 and produced three #1 hits, and five top-five singles in all.
C. Taylor CrothersWhy download multiple Christmas songs this season when you can just buy one -- and raise money for a good cause, too?
The all-star Christmas collective Band of Merrymakers has a single out called "A Very Merry Medley," a mashup of 10 holiday classics. Performers include Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, Lisa Loeb, Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn, American Idol's Constantine Maroulis and the Merrymakers' co-founders: Better than Ezra's Kevin Griffin and hit songwriter Sam Hollander.
"The idea was so good, I dare someone to think of a better idea this year," McGrath says of the medley, now added to the group's 2015 album Welcome to Our Christmas Party. "[Merrymakers] is an evolving collective, and I think even getting one new song a year is quite an accomplishment from how busy everybody is."
Musicians On Call brings music to hospital patients, and the Merrymakers did the same last week, visiting a children's hospital in New York City.
"We went floor to floor...and we went room to room in each of them," says Hollander. "And we played 'Jingle Bells' somewhere around 400 times in different variations...it was such a powerful, tough day and it just puts all of this in incredible perspective."
Mark McGrath says he's already signed up for next year's Merrymakers project -- partly to impress his six-year-old twin girls.
"My kids love the Band of Merrymakers, they love the songs," he laughs. "They want me to sing those songs year round. 'Not Daddy’s regular songs. Daddy’s Christmas songs!' they call ‘em. So Daddy’s cool this time of year."
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Weinstein CompanyKaty Perry's relationship with Orlando Bloom is going strong: the two are planning a holiday vacation together, a source tells People magazine.
The couple has already gone to Hawaii, Italy and France during their relationship, which started sometime around January of 2016. "Orlando is very happy with Katy. They are not engaged yet, but are very serious,” dished the source.
How serious? They've already met the parents, according to People: Orlando spent Thanksgiving with Katy and her clan, while Katy went to England earlier this year to meet Orlando's family, including his mom and his son Flynn, whose mom is Orlando's ex, Miranda Kerr.
“Orlando loves how independent and strong Katy is. He is very proud of how much she got involved with the election,” says the insider.
Trae Patton/NBCAlicia Keys and Pentatonix will be ringing in the New Year live from Times Square in New York City. They’ll be performing on NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.
The hour-long special starts at 11:30 p.m. on December 31. Alicia’s co-star on The Voice, country singer Blake Shelton, will also be performing. In addition to this appearance, Pentatonix will also star in their own NBC holiday special later this month.
“New Year’s Eve is always a thrilling night to broadcast live from Times Square,” Carson Daly says in a statement. “The excitement of the ball dropping, great music and millions of friends and families coming together to celebrate is incomparable.”
Former Spice GirlMel B will help Carson with hosting duties.
Craig Sugden/CBSAdele is number one on this year’s list of top trending videos on YouTube -- but it’s not for one of her own clips. Instead she tops the list for her “Carpool Karaoke” segment with James Corden.
The segment has been viewed more than 135 million times since it aired January 13. In it, Adele rides around London with the Late Late Show host. She sings along to some of her own tunes, shows her love for “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, and impressively raps Nicki Minaj’s verse in the Kanye West hit, “Monster.”
Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony topped the list of YouTube’s top trending music videos with their video for “Work from Home” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The clip has racked up more than a billion views.
Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s video for “This Is What You Came For” was number two on the list. Others in the top 10 include The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” lyric video, Rihanna and Drake’s “Work” video, Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix)" video, Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” lyric video and Zayn’s “Pillowtalk” video.
According to YouTube, the top trending videos were chosen based on time spent watching, sharing, commenting, liking and more.
Don Le StudioMike Posner's Grammy nod for Song of the Year for "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" seems like a left-field choice, but according to the singer, he's just as deserving as his competition in the category, which includes Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Lukas Graham and Adele.
"I think I deserve to be nominated. I think everybody else in the category deserves to be nominated," he tells Billboard. "There were a lot of good songs this year. I'm not the only good writer, but I'm one of them. And it feels good to be recognized by other writers and other musicians...and have them telling me my stuff doesn't suck. That's nice to hear from your peers."
Mike also believes that he pretty much willed his Grammy nod into existence.
"I think about it every morning -- seriously," he tells Billboard. "It's a goal of mine, and I'm pretty good at making my goals happen when they're the ones I really care about...So, yeah, I think [a Grammy win] is going to happen at some point -- if not this year, one year."
"I Took a Pill in Ibiza" is on Mike's current album At Night, Alone, and he plans to continue to release singles from it in the New Year. He also has a book of poetry, called Teardrops and Balloons, coming March 24, according to Billboard.
Danny ClinchOn Tuesday, Lukas Graham Forchhammer, lead singer of the Danish band Lukas Graham, was absolutely thrilled to learn that his band had been nominated for three Grammys -- even if he was elbow deep in baby poop at the time.
The group is currently on the road, and Lukas tells People magazine, "I was changing my baby’s [diaper] when I was told. I came back in from a truck stop and I was changing a diaper while I was being nominated for a Grammy. So that was a little bit of a strange victory situation right there.”
Lukas' daughter Viola is 10 weeks old.
Lukas Graham is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, all for the hit "7 Years."
He tells People, "It’s just amazing that I wrote a song about becoming a father and now we’re nominated for three Grammys for that song and [Viola’s] with me on tour and everything. My life is slowly but surely coming together, just like I was dreaming it would.”
He adds, "A Grammy nomination is a huge thing! I feel quite ecstatic." He should be -- according to People, Lukas Graham is the first Danish act ever to earn a Grammy nod.
The singer tells People that he and his "7 Years" co-writer congratulated each other on the phone, and reminisced about the fact that they used to talk about how they'd be Grammy nominees some day.
"I don’t know if we really believed it or if we were just pumping up each other’s egos," he laughs. "As teenagers you need to believe a little more in yourself to make it, you know? I was just on the phone with him...I had to say, ‘Hey, Stefano man, you gotta save a little of that Grammy vibe for when we meet in a couple weeks!”
Nathan JohnsonAt 18, Daya is the youngest artist this year to be nominated for a Grammy, and she can hardly contain her excitement.
"I'm on such a high right now, this is insane," she tells Billboard. Her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, "Don't Let Me Down," is up for Best Dance Recording. The singer says she was awakened by phone calls and texts with the good news.
"I had just woken up, so I was like, 'Is this part of my dream? I can’t tell.' And I was so ecstatic I texted all my friends and literally did a lap around my hotel room. I was completely alone but had the energy of like 30 people," she tells Billboard.
Two people she didn't get to celebrate with? Drew and Alex of The Chainsmokers. Though she'd just seen them the previous night, Daya says, "We didn’t talk about the Grammys because I guess they were probably nervous about it and it wasn’t even on my radar. We totally just dodged that subject, but they’re probably on such a high right now. They deserve it."
Ironically, Daya says her mom didn't want her to record "Don't Let Me Down" initially because she disapproved of their hard-partying image.
"She saw one of their music videos and it was a threesome, and she was like ‘I don’t know if I want you doing a song with them,’" she tells Billboard. "For the first couple of weeks I was like, ‘No, this is such a gonna be such a good song, you have to listen to me.’" Mom finally came around, Daya says, and now "loves them." "They're like family," says Daya.
ABC/Fred LeeLady Gaga is speaking out about a very personal issue. In an open letter published on her Born This way Foundation website, the singer details her battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, which she publicly revealed on TV a few days ago.
She reveals that she was diagnosed after five years of experiencing chronic mental and physical pain. She’s now undergoing treatment. Gaga says her trauma partly stems from past events while she was on tour.
“I was overworked and not taken seriously when I shared my pain and concern that something was wrong,” she writes. “I ultimately ended up injured on the Born This Way Ball. That moment and the memory of it has changed my life forever.”
She adds, “The experience of performing night after night in mental and physical pain ingrained in me a trauma that I relive when I see or hear things that remind me of those days.”
Gaga adds that, while she is being treated with medication, "the most inexpensive and perhaps the best medicine in the world is words. Kind words…positive words…words that help people who feel ashamed of an invisible illness to overcome their shame and feel free. This is how I and we can begin to heal. I am starting today, because secrets keep you sick. And I don’t want to keep this secret anymore."
By opening up about her own struggle, Gaga says she hopes to raise awareness that PTSD can affect all sorts of people -- not just service members. She encouraged others who are in pain to seek help and ends her letter with a note from her psychologist urging the same.
Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicPink received two Grammy nominations on Tuesday, one for her duet with country star Kenny Chesney, "Setting the World on Fire," and one for "Just Like Fire," her song from Alice Through the Looking Glass. But she'll have something else to celebrate very soon: the birth of her second child. Pink is extremely pregnant, though her husband Carey Hart tells People magazine that the couple still doesn't know the baby's sex.
The couple also kept their daughter Willow's sex a surprise when she was born five years ago. This time, though, Carey is hoping for a boy. "We got one princess, so hopefully we’ll have a little guy coming,” he tells People. "I don’t want any competition for my daughter. I’m nervous for what it’s going to be.” Of course, he adds, "I just want a healthy baby. That's all I care about."
“It’s been a while since we’ve had a baby around the house,” Carey notes "It’s going to be really fun.” He says Willow is also excited about the new arrival, though she's hoping for a baby sister.
Since Pink can't fly due to her pregnancy, the couple will spend Christmas at home, reveals Carey.
"Typically, we’ll travel to see my wife’s family. It’s nice just to be able to stay home this year," he says. "This is probably going to be the last calm Christmas for a while due to more kids and career and travel and all that stuff, so we’re just going to try to enjoy it and be nice and quiet.”
Ali Caldwell on “The Voice: Trae Patton/NBCOn Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the eight artists who performed Monday learned that Team Miley Cyrus’ Aaron Gibson and Ali Caldwell, Team Adam Levine’s Brendan Fletcher, and Team Alicia Keys’ Christian Cuevas were sent home.
Christian, Ali and Josh lost an "Instant Save" vote to Team Adam member Josh Gallagher.
Prior to the vote, Christian, Ali and Josh sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Christian covered “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” by Bonnie Raitt; Ali sang “Sledgehammer,” by Rihanna; and Josh performed “I Drive Your Truck,” by Lee Brice.
There are now four artists remaining in the competition: Billy Gilman joins Gallagher as Team Adam’s two remaining members, along with Team Alicia’s Wé McDonald and Team Blake Shelton’s Sundance Head. There are no artists left on Team Miley.
The evening also included OneRepublic performing their song “Let’s Hurt Tonight.” The Voice season 10 finalist Hannah Huston also sang her new single, “I Alone Have Loved You” and Shelton performed his latest single, “A Guy with a Girl.”
The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Image Group LA/ABCMaroon 5 last released an album in 2014, but their latest hit, "Don't Wanna Know," isn't the first single from a new album. It's a one-off track the band randomly decided to release, says guitarist James Valentine.
The band had begun work on new songs for an album, says James, but it became clear the full project wouldn't be ready for a while. “That was one of the first songs that we started working on," James tells ABC Radio. “And we figured, 'Oh, it’s been two years since we put a record out,' so we decided to just put this out in the meantime."
"This is the first time that we’ve done a one-off so it’s really interesting to see how it reacts," he adds. "But we will have a full record next year."
And what will that new record sound like?
"I think maybe the tone of the record will be a little darker and some of the stuff that we’ve been working on so far is a little more stripped down," James reveals. "But we’ll see, ‘cause at the beginning of each record we have an idea of how it’s gonna sound, and then it becomes something completely different!"
Maroon 5 is back on the road in February, but while Adam Levine is busy with The Voice and his new baby, James is finding other things to do. Last night, he played with his old pal John Mayer on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
He's also planning to work with Mike Posner, who co-wrote the band's smash "Sugar." Mike received his first Grammy nomination Tuesday, for "I Took a Pill in Ibiza," and James is thrilled. "He’s an amazing dude,” James says. “That’s great when the right people get the right nods. He totally deserves it."
Elizabeth MirandaNiall Horan has scored success with his debut solo "This Town," and the One Direction member is in the middle of recording of his first solo album. That's why he says he needs to drop out of sight for a while and make sure it's perfect.
In a handwritten letter to fans, Niall writes that he's planning to go back home to Ireland for the holidays, to spend some "quality time with family and friends." But, he says, "After Christmas I’m gonna fall off the face of the earth and do one of my disappearing acts. I want to come up with more song ideas and get back in the writing zone. So have a lovely Christmas and happy New Year and I’ll see ya in Feb.”
Earlier in the letter, Niall explains that he's "eight songs deep" into the recording process, and adds, “I want to take my time with no pressure and make sure I get it right. I’m quite the self critic, which I like about myself. So I’ll let you know when I’m done.”
Niall is working with legendary producer Don Was on the album, as well as Jaquire King, who's produced albums for James Bay and Kings of Leon. "I'm humbled that they wanna work with me," he says.
So far, there's no release date planned for Niall's album.
Jamie NelsonIn 2016, people wanted to know about dead rock legends, pop stars and country artists. That's according to Yahoo's 2016 Year in Review, which tracks the most searched-for, and most-read stories on the online portal.
The top celebrity of 2016, according to Yahoo, was Gwen Stefani, who rebounded from her painful divorce with a new album, a tour and a new relationship with Blake Shelton. Gwen also was the fourth-most searched term of the year on Yahoo, behind the 2016 Election, Donald Trump and the video game Roblox.
Other musicians who made Yahoo's top-10 celebrities of 2016 list include Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, country star Miranda Lambert and Selena Gomez.
Strangely, Gwen didn't show up on Yahoo's Top Music Artists of the Year list. That was topped by the late rock legend David Bowie, who died in January, two days before releasing a new album. Second on the list was Taylor Swift, followed by another music legend who left us too soon: Prince.
The rest of the top 10 Music Artists of 2016, according to Yahoo, were Kanye West, country star Tim McGraw, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, country legend Randy Travis, American Idol winner Trent Harmon and, of course, Beyonce.
Getty Images via ABCWith her first Grammy nomination under her belt, Demi Lovato is ready to celebrate with some lucky vacationers in paradise. The singer is teaming up with Celebrity Cruises for a special concert on the island of St. Maarten later this month.
In order to score tickets, you must be booked on one of four Caribbean cruises. Guests who buy tickets to the event will have access to a special venue on the island where Demi will perform some of her biggest hits.
The concert takes place on December 28. It will serve as the kick-off to Celebrity Cruises' first-ever concert series.
Taso PapadakisThe nominations for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards are officially in, and now the lucky artists who scored nods are reacting to the news. They took to Twitter to express their excitement:
The Chainsmokers: "So honored and grateful! Thank you Grammys for these nominations this is the best news ever! Honestly can't believe it :) We were in line at dunkin donuts and high fived everyone in the store."
Demi Lovato: "Woke up to the most amazing news EVER!!!!!!! Wow... thank you SO MUCH to @RecordingAcad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" #GrammyNominations
Kelly Clarkson: "SO EXCITING!! Can't believe it?! So honored to be nominated with such a talented group of artists"
Ariana Grande: "crying. what an absolute blessing to be recognized for dangerous woman this way. thank you for the nominations @RecordingAcad"
Lukas Graham: "Ok. So 3 Grammy nominations!...Tight hugs to everyone involved & drinks on me #Blessed #TeamGraham"
There were also congratulations being tweeted from one artist to another. DNCE congratulated Demi Lovato, writing, “CONGRATS TO OUR SISTER @ddlovato ON YOUR GRAMMY NOM!!!!! YEAH!!!”
And Hayley Williams from Paramoretweeted, “I'm so happy for @twentyonepilots! Josh & Tyler, y'all have been my fav ppl to watch come up/take over. Can't wait to watch u win Grammy(s).”
The Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, air February 12 on CBS.
James Dimmock/ E! EntertainmentMariah Carey will headline a YouTube Red holiday special called The Keys of Christmas, says Variety.
The Christmas-themed webcast also will feature Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, rock band Boyce Avenue and YouTube star comedian Rudy Mancuso.
"Music is wildly popular on YouTube, and we're excited to bring together some of the biggest names in music alongside some of the biggest stars on YouTube," says Ben Relles, YouTube's head of unscripted original content.
The Keys of Christmas will be directed by Grammy-winning music video director Dave Meyers, known for working with some of music's biggest stars, including Katy Perry, Pink, Rihanna, Shakira, Missy Elliot and Britney Spears.