Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCSo much for Ed Sheeran’s matchmaking skills. Actress Courteney Cox and fiancé Johnny McDaid -- who were introduced by Ed -- reportedly have called it quits. TMZ reports that Snow Patrol rocker Johnny moved his things out of Courteney’s Malibu and L.A. homes shortly before Thanksgiving and flew back to England.
Sources tell TMZ the couple tried counseling, but eventually differences in their lifestyle choices drove them apart. Apparently, Courteney likes going out with friends, but Johnny is more low-key and private.
Back in August Courteney told The Sun, "We are certainly grateful to Ed for introducing us. I can’t imagine him not playing something at the wedding. It’ll be a musical night.”
The two became engaged June 2014 after six months of dating. Ed introduced them while he was recording his album X [Multiply]. During that time, he was living in Courteney’s pool house, and writing songs with Johnny for the album.
ABC/Lou RoccoIn between concerts on the Australian leg of her 1989 World Tour, Taylor Swift took some time off to be with her family over the Thanksgiving holiday. The singer and her fam -- including younger brother Austin -- explored some nature in New Zealand.
Taylor Instagrammed a photo of her and Austin posing near a picturesque lake on New Zealand’s South Island. “Swift family road trip!” she captions it.
The great outdoors does have its drawbacks though, as Taylor discovers. Namely, lots of insects. In a video of her family skipping rocks in the lake, a bug flies right into Taylor’s face. “There’s bugs. There’s bugs here,” she says after comically swatting it away.
Taylor’s next concert is in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday. And in a couple of weeks, on December 13, she celebrates her 26th birthday.
XL Recordings/Columbia RecordsAnyone who thought sales for Adele's new album 25 would drop off in a big way after the first week obviously underestimated the mania for new music by the singer.
Billboard reports that in its second week on sale, the album has sold at least 650,000 additional copies, according to Nielsen Music. That, combined with the 3.38 million copies it sold in its first week, means that sales of 25 have now surpassed four million copies in the U.S. And that's just based on sales of actual albums: add in "album equivalent units," which include track downloads and streaming, and the total soars to way more than four million.
By the end of the tracking week -- the close of business on Thursday -- projections suggest that 25 may top a million sales total in its second week. If that happens, 25 would become the only album ever to sell a million copies in more than one week.
Since 2006, the only other album that has ever sold more than four million copies in a calendar year is Adele's own 21. It sold 4.41 million copies in 2012, and 5.82 million copies in 2011, the year of its release.
Meanwhile, in Adele's home country, 25 has become the U.K.'s fastest million-seller in history. It took the album just 10 days to hit that mark; the previous record was 17 days, set back in 1997 by the album Be Here Now by Oasis. Britain's Official Charts Company also reports that 25 is now the U.K.'s biggest seller of 2015, surpassing the previous best-seller, Ed Sheeran's X.
ABC/Randy HolmesThe stars aligned for this new John Legend holiday tune. The singer wrote the song, called “Under the Stars,” using actual recordings of star vibrations.
"I didn't really realize we could do this, but scientists have been recording the vibrations of stars,” John tells People. “We were able to incorporate the recordings into the song."
He says the process wasn’t much different from using regular instruments. “I'm in the business of trying to find things that are great sonically, anyway,” he says. “So it wasn't that difficult to translate that into listening to star sounds.”
The tune, written exclusively for the Stella Artois Give Beautifully holiday campaign, debuted Monday. "Stella" means "star" in Latin.
"I wanted to write a song that was all about uniting people all around the world together under the stars," he says. "The whole idea, of course, is to 'give beautifully' and this was our gift to America."
John will perform the song at the opening of "Stars" by Stella Artois, an interactive light installation in New York City, on December 9.
Image Group LA/ABCDemi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth will be ringing in the New Year in Times Square.
The trio, plus country star Luke Bryan, have been added to the New York City lineup for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 on ABC.
Demi will perform songs off her new album, Confident, while Wiz and Charlie will perform their hit song "See You Again."
Carrie Underwood was previously announced as a headliner for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016, which will air on ABC on Thursday, December 31, beginning 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time.
NBCUniversalThe top 10 artists on The Voice returned Monday night, hoping to earn the viewers' votes with their singing ability and a chance to perform in next week’s semifinals.
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams all had artists take the stage during the two-hour show.
Team Gwen’s Jeffery Austin performed a moving version of “Jealous,” by Labrinth. Adam called the singer’s delivery “beautiful” and “unique.” Blake noted that he had never been “more wrapped up in a performance this entire season.” Gwen declared the performance was “awesome,” adding that she was transported to another place.
Emily Ann Roberts, representing Team Blake, tackled Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You.” Roberts also revealed that she got to talk on the phone with one of her idols, Wynonna Judd, who praised the 17-year-old singer for her “grassroots” style. Pharrell called Emily Ann’s performance “fantastic.” Adam noted Roberts has grown from a good singer to a phenomenal singer. Blake was also pleased, calling it her best performance so far.
The competition’s youngest contestant, 15-year-old Braiden Sunshine, representing Team Gwen, belted out Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” Adam respected the courage Braiden demonstrated with his song choice. Blake piped in that the teen is a “throwback to the '80s.” Gwen praised her team member’s poise, adding that Monday’s performance was “so punk.”
Next up was Team Adam’s country artist Shelby Brown, singing Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” in honor of her late grandfather. Pharrell noted Brown was connected to the lyrics and dubbed it her best performance. Adam praised Shelby for getting better each week and learning how to “get out of her own way.”
Team Gwen’s Korin Bukowski, who was saved by America’s vote the past two weeks, tackled Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love.” Pharrell called the performance Korin’s “moment.” Gwen added she was “proud,” declaring the singer took her game to another level.
Brooklyn native Amy Vachal took the stage next for Team Adam, delivering a “creepy” version ‘N SYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye.” Adam noted that Amy has “demonstrated her artistry” by taking well-known songs and putting her own spin on them.
Jordan Smith, also from Team Adam, took on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” All four judges were blown away by the performance, including Pharrell, who called it “effortless.” Adam noted the singer’s talent was “above and beyond what I could ever ask for on the show and beyond.”
Taking the stage next was Team Blake’s Zach Seabaugh. The 17-year-old Marietta, Georgia, native channeled Elvis Presley on Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Blake declared it was Zach’s best performance and went “out on a limb” to predict Zach would be in the finale.
Team Pharrell’s last remaining contestant, Madi Davis, delivered a stripped-down, slowed-down performance of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Gwen called the singer “amazing and talented.” Pharrell, said the performance was “sick,” and also noted that the 16-year-old not only picked out the song, but arranged it as well.
Team Blake’s Barrett Baber closed out the show by paying tribute to his home state of Arkansas with a soulful version of Conway Twitty’s “I’d Love to Lay You Down.” Adam called the performance “genuine and real.” Blake was also pleased, declaring he never heard Baber sing better.
During the broadcast, Gwen Stefani performed her new song "Used to Love You."
Also during the show, Ellie Goulding announced in a pre-taped message that she will be performing on next Monday’s show. She’ll perform “On My Mind,” from her new album, Delirium. Blake Shelton will also perform “Gonna,” from his album, Bringing Back the Sunshine.
NBC will air a new results show Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Sia will sing "Alive" from her upcoming album This Is Acting. Adam Levine is also scheduled to perform.
PSY, who took the Internet by storm more than three years ago with "Gangnam Style," has just released a new music video. The clip for "Daddy" begins in bizarre fashion, with PSY's face superimposed on the body of a baby and then an older child. Plenty of dancing ensues.
"Daddy" is featured on the South Korean rapper's new album, Chiljip PSY-Da -- which in Korean means "This Is PSY's Seventh Album" -- out Tuesday.
His last album included "Gangnam Style," which holds the record for the most views for a YouTube video -- 2.46 billion.
ABC/Fred LeeBefore Rachel Platten was famous, she spent more than a decade volunteering for the Musicians on Call organization, visiting hospitals and playing at the bedsides of the patients. Tonight in Los Angeles, Musicians on Call will honor Rachel for all the work she's done for them over the years, and she calls the recognition "a dream come true."
"For 12 years, I've been working with the organization, and I used to do it because it was this reminder to me why I made music, when things weren't working out," says Rachel, who struggled for a long time to achieve the kind of success she's currently experiencing.
"My ego would be like, 'Oh, you're not good enough. No one came to that show,'" she tells ABC Radio. "And then I would check in and go sing at a hospital, and play bedside to someone, and get that reminder -- that very real reminder: 'Oh, no, what I'm doing matters. And it doesn't matter if it's to thousands of people, I'm connecting with one person and healing one person.'"
Rachel adds, "The fact that I'm getting honored publicly for something that privately helped me is a dream come true. It's really wonderful."
The "Stand by You" singer will be receiving the Music Heals award at Musicians on Call’s Rock the Room tour event at Los Angeles' Greystone Manor. She'll also deliver a special acoustic performance at the event for the nonprofit organization.
The four-city Rock the Room tour kicked off last week in Nashville and raised more than $130,000 for Musicians on Call. After Los Angeles, the tour will head to Washington, D.C. and New York.
Rachel's debut album, Wildfire, will be out in the coming weeks, and her headlining tour kicks off February 26 in Dallas.
Pink dropped by The Tonight Show on Monday night to talk about UNICEF's Kid Power, for which she's a spokesperson. The project involves giving children fitness bands and encouraging them to stay active. The more active they are, the more points they rack up. Those points unlock funds to send food to severely malnourished kids around the world.
She also revealed that instead of Thanksgiving, she and her friends celebrated "Friendsgiving."
"Thanksgiving we had a 'Friendsgiving.' I had 35 people at my house avoiding their families."
The "Just Give Me a Reason" singer also noted that the gathering was pretty uneventful. "No fighting, one person crying under the table," , she told host Jimmy Fallon, adding, "No one even drank so much everyone was so happy."
The conversation then turned to Pink's four-year-old daughter, Willow Sage Hart, whom she shares with her motocross racing hubby of nearly 10 years, Carey Hart.
"If she were a cereal, I would call her 'Nutty Delicious,'" the 36-year-old singer joked, as Fallon held up a picture of Willow sitting on a dirt bike next to her father. "That was right after she got done saying, 'Daddy, I wish you'd move so I could go fast." Her daughter also inherited her mom's love of climbing silks.
Another revelation from Pink: She was a big New Kids on the Block fan growing up. The fascination even got her into big trouble when she got a little carried away using a phone number that allowed fans to hear messages from the band.
"I was grounded for that. I racked up a $118 phone bill," she recalls. "I talked to all of them, all of the time. We were practically getting married."
"I wrote my mother a $118 check, as an adult," she adds.
John Paul Filo/CBSBruno Mars has been making quite a few real estate moves over the past year. The Los Angeles Times reports that Bruno has sold a house on the border of Studio City and Hollywood Hills West for $3.3 million. The three bedroom, three bathroom Hollywood Regency-style home was purchased in an off-market deal.
The house features retractable walls of glass that allow for sprawling city and mountain views. The single-story open floor plan also contains living and family rooms and a powder room. The master bathroom features heated flooring, a sauna, a two-person steam shower and a massage and gym area.
Bruno bought the property in 2012 for $3.254 million. Late last year, he upgraded to a two-acre estate in Studio City for $6.5 million and earlier this year, he sold his home in Hawaii for $2.7 million.
Image Group LA/ABC; Jeff Daly/NBCLooks like Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have officially gone public. Photographers caught them exiting popular Los Angeles restaurant The Nice Guy hand-in-hand last night, and E! News has the pics. The two even wore coordinating outfits -- grey jeans and black tops.
It appears The Nice Guy is becoming a go-to date spot for the budding couple. They were spotted leaving the Italian eatery last week, too. Sources told E! News the two were packing on the PDA while enjoying dinner together Wednesday.
"Gigi and Zayn couldn't keep their hands off each other," the source said. "They were holding hands under the table, whispering in each others' ears, and Zayn [was] holding Gigi's leg. Gigi was so attached to him that she even followed Zayn outside to the patio during a smoke break."
The model and the former One Direction member first sparked rumors of their relationship when they left a party together after the American Music Awards. Both have yet to confirm they're dating.
Gigi broke up with Joe Jonas less than a month ago, and Zayn ended his engagement with Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards in August. It seems Joe isn't taking the Gigi/Zayn romance too well. He reportedly unfollowed both of them on Twitter, and deleted a photo of him with Zayn and Kanye West at a fashion show which he had posted in the spring.
Amid all of this, Gigi simply tweeted a photo that says "CHILL" and accompanied it with a smiley face.
ABC/Fred Lee; Dana Edelson/NBCU.K.’s The Guardian has released its annual ranking of the most powerful people in media, and it should come as no surprise that Taylor Swift and Adele both made the list. In fact, they’re the only pop stars who made the top 100 this year.
Taylor comes in at number eight on the MediaGuardian 100, making her the highest ranking woman on the list. The publication cites her success in getting Apple to reverse its policy on artist compensation as one of the reasons she made the top ten. As one of The Guardian’s judges put it, she “singlehandedly got Apple to take notice when they totally ignored major corporations.”
Adele, meanwhile, made it onto the list for the first time ever -- ranking number 48. Her inclusion seems like a no-brainer, given that her third album, 25, just smashed first-week album sales records by selling a whopping 3.48 million copies in the U.S. It’s also the U.K.’s biggest-selling album of the millennium so far. She accomplished this with barely any social media presence at all. The Guardian writes that she’s only posted on Instagram 18 times, and rarely tweets despite having 23.8 million Twitter followers.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg takes the number one spot on the list, followed by Google co-founder Larry Page and Apple chief executive Tim Cook. Also making the list this year are comedian Amy Schumer, Caitlyn Jenner, Simon Cowell and TV producer Shonda Rhimes.
Trae Patton/NBCBefore her new album This Is Acting comes out in January, Sia has released another new track for us to enjoy. The song is called “One Million Bullets,” and it starts off in subdued tones before building to a resounding chorus.
"One million bullets could come my way/But I want you to know that/I'd take a million, babe/How many would you take," Sia sings.
If you pre-order This Is Acting now, you’ll received her current single “Alive,” “Bird Set Free” and “One Million Bullets” as instant grat tracks. The full album comes out January 29.
You also can catch Sia performing “Alive” on The Voice and The Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow, December 1.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCEarlier this year, Ed Sheeran recorded a song called "Make It Rain" for the Sons of AnarchyVol. 4 soundtrack. That song was originally written and recorded by Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance, and now Ed has signed Foy to his record label, Gingerbread Man.
Ed announced the news in a tweet, writing, "I've signed my second act to my label. One of my all time favourite artists and inspirations." Foy and Ed have been working together since 2011, but Ed was a fan of his before they even met. Since then, they've toured together, and Foy also co-wrote the songs "Tenerife Sea" and "Afire Love" on Ed's album X.
A statement on Foy's website reads, "Foy is ecstatic to announce his signing to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man/Atlantic Records label. Recording for his Gingerbread Man debut is underway at the legendary Blackbird Studios [in Nashville, Tennessee] with Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King [who's worked with Norah Jones, James Bay, Kings of Leon and more] and will be due out Spring, 2016."
In a statement, Ed says, "Foy’s always been an artist I’ve admired since meeting him in 2006. We've become touring buddies over the past few years and he's actually out in Australia with me at the moment on the final leg of my X tour. His vocals are going to blow you away and I can't wait for you all to hear the record."
Ed's first signing, Jamie Lawson, scored an international hit with "I Wasn't Expecting That." His debut album entered the U.K. chart at #1.
ABC/Heidi Gutman During an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America today, Pink revealed her newest role. The singer announced she’s been named an ambassador to the United Nations Children’s Fund -- UNICEF.
"I’ve always wanted to work with UNICEF," she said on GMA. "It’s the one organization that has over the last 15 years just consistently been in my mind for all the amazing things that they do and timing is everything and it worked out."
Pink, a mother to four-year-old Willow with husband Carey Hart, traveled to Haiti with UNICEF this summer, where she witnessed child malnourishment firsthand.
"When you have a child of your own and you try to imagine looking at them and not being able to feed them it does something to you," she said.
Pink also spoke about her work as the spokesperson for UNICEF’s Kid Power, which provides health and nutrition programs around the world. The project involves giving children fitness bands and encouraging them to stay active. The more active they are, they more points they rack up. Those points then unlock funds to send food to severely malnourished children around the world.
"One in four kids in America are inactive and one in four kids globally are malnourished and UNICEF has brilliantly come up with how to connect the two," Pink said. "You unlock therapeutic food packets, which I’ve seen with my own eyes bring children back to life."
The fitness bands are available now at Target for $39.99.
Image Group LA/ABCDemi Lovato's latest hit "Confident" is, on the surface, a sexy tune about a woman getting what she wants in bed. But it turns out that a key phrase in the song -- "you had me underrated" -- is how Demi actually felt in real life about herself and her career. She says her current album, also called Confident, is her bid to change that perception.
"I think I was underrated because I only gave people so much," she tells ABC Radio. "You know, it’s not the audience’s fault if I can’t show them what I’m capable of doing. It’s just, you know, when you don’t show people what you’re capable of doing, they underestimate you."
Demi feels that with Confident, she's finally proven what she can do, not only as a singer, but also as a songwriter.
"I had to learn for myself that, in order to get the respect that I want as an artist, as a musician, I have to show the world what I can do," she notes. "So that’s what I set out to do on this album, is to establish myself as an artist and a musician, rather than a pop star."
As for "Confident" the song, Demi says, "There’s something very liberating and being a woman taking control of her sexuality and what she decides to put out there to the world, with the message of having confidence." She says the song reflects her own growing confidence in herself and her body.
"You know, sometimes I’ll get backlash for wearing less clothing than I used to," she tells ABC Radio. "But to me, with the Cosmopolitan cover that I did this last summer, that to me wasn’t about me wearing less clothes. It was actually about me showing more confidence."
One fellow artist who's taken notice of Demi's talent is Rob Thomas. On Wednesday, the Matchbox Twenty frontman tweeted, "Just caught @ddlovato when she was onSNL. That girl can sing her a** off. For reals." A pleased Demi responded to Rob, "You're so sweet!"
Demi will also be displaying her confidence live onstage in 2016 when she hits the road with her buddy Nick Jonas for their Future Now tour.
Peter Kramer/NBCLast month, Katy Perry released the first image of her cartoon likeness from her new mobile game, Katy Perry Pop. Now we have even more details about the game.
The game -- which is currently being tested out in Sweden, Norway and Switzerland -- allows players to rise to pop stardom thanks to Katy’s advice and guidance. According to Gamezebo, the game features hundreds of wardrobe options and requires players to produce music videos to build their brand and expand their following.
Katy Perry Pop also includes a feature called “Katy Vision,” which apparently warps the game's "reality" and shows players a bunch of whimsical little animals.
The free-to-play game is being developed by Glu Mobile Inc., the same company that developed the insanely popular Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game. An official release date has not yet been revealed.
ABC/Fred LeeIt seems Taylor Swift never passes up the chance to make a fan’s dreams come true. This time, she granted the wishes of a young girl in Australia who's losing her hearing.
According to The Maitland Mercury, when 12-year-old Jorja Hope was diagnosed with a progressive inner-ear condition that will one day make her deaf, the first thing she said was, “I won’t be able to hear Taylor Swift sing.”
Her twin sister, Chloe, launched a social media campaign with the hopes of catching Taylor’s attention. The campaign, #HelpJorjaMeetTaylorSwiftSydney, went viral and eventually a Sydney radio station secured Jorja a meet-and-greet with Taylor.
On Saturday, Jorja met her pop star idol and attended Taylor’s Sydney concert.
"She was very, very amazing and very pretty," Jorja tells The Maitland Mercury. "I didn't expect her to be as tall as she was."
Renata RakshaIf things don’t work out with Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik can always try asking Selena Gomez out. In a new interview with InStyle UK, Selena admits she’d go on a date with the former One Direction member.
“If he had asked me out on a date, I would be seen with him. Just kidding, but not kidding,” she says.
While she may not be dating Zayn, she is on the dating scene. “I hate it,” she says. “It's hard and I'm weirded out by the idea that a guy has googled me before we meet, and that has happened.”
She also thinks her youthful appearance narrows her dating pool a bit. “I feel like I look 16 sometimes, which is a bummer because I would love to date older guys,” she says.
Sounds like she’s moved on from that famous ex of hers: Justin Bieber. “It's really hard because I'm a nice person,” she says of being constantly asked about the relationship. “I'm just tired of talking about it. I never intended for my life to become a tabloid story.”